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Ladies Man…

27 May

I caught a little slack from a friend the other day after my Rosé Uncorked post. It seems he – the everyman, the future McDreamy, the athlete, the politick – thinks that it was directed only at the ladies.

“Guys like rosé too!” he pleaded. “Yeah, but most rosé drinkers are girls,” I argued. Then a bunch of sexist insults were thrown about (mostly kidding) and I managed to escape his wino wrath reasonably unscathed.

Thinking about it later, he was kinda right. As a girl, people don’t think I like football. But I do. People don’t think I should be able to chug a beer. But I can. People don’t think I can put up a tent by myself. But I have.

So, I opened up my mind hole for a second and came up with two rosé’s for the gentlemen out there. Sorry that I didn’t include you the first time. Hope you enjoy! (And ladies, these are equally as delicious for womenfolk – so don’t be afraid to bust them out. We’re all friends here in Roséland.)

Fielding Estate Rosé (VINTAGES #53421, $15.95)

The Chief recently called this wine, “More serious and austere than fun and fruity.” I would have to agree. It’s got a ruby hue and a snazzy black screw cap.  This wine was created using the saignée method, meaning red grapes were soaked only briefly with the skins and then treated as if they were a white wine, NOT a mixture of red and white wines thrown together to make a pink one – this is all about craftsmanship.  It’s a mixture of Pinot Noir, Cab Franc and Cab Sauv, with a touch of Merlot and Syrah thrown in for good measure, all blended together in perfect harmony. It smells of cranberries and snappy pepper and is sharp and dry in the mouth. Enjoy it before the meal, or alongside grilled fish – I’m thinking seared tuna personally, but whatever fin you fancy to throw on the BBQ will do.

If you are more in the mood for a rich rosé? Then you’ve simply got to look to France. The Mas des Bressades ’09 Rosé Tradition (VINTAGES 950576, $13.95).

It’s from the Rhone region of France (which produces seriously awesome reds – Syrah – and whites – Viognier, but that’s another post) and is soaked in sunshine. Bright jolly rancher pinky red in colour, this wine balances refreshment with luxurious mouthfeel. Smells of strawberry and rose garden and tastes like diving into the first fresh berries of the season. Though easily downed on its own, it’ll go great with fresh summer salads, topped with grilled chicken. Yum! Kinda a hoity toity boring bottle, but that’s the French for ya – if it’s not your thing, just stick it in a decanter. May I recommend this one?