Living in Hawai‘i is like living in an endless summer. For those of you who live elsewhere in the world where you experience all of the seasons, you
look forward to the summer months of outdoor
picnics, beach barbecues and sunset dinners out
on the patio. In Hawai‘i, anytime is a good time
to enjoy a glass of Rosé! Not a white zinfandel,
but a classic dry Rosé. Think of Provence in the
South of France, the birthplace of Rosé. In the
summer months, they drink more Rosé there
than water! Rosé is a wine that can be many
different shades of pink, ranging from a pale-salmon color to a darker, more intense raspberry
hue. It is one of my personal favorites and has
aromas of wild strawberries and flowers followed
by a crisp, refreshing, and mouth-watering finish.
Watch out…you just might enjoy it so much that
you finish the whole bottle while watching the
Rosé wine gets its color from the skin of red
grapes. In order to achieve its range of color, the
juice needs to have contact with the red grape skins.
After harvesting the grapes, the juice is pressed and left in
contact with the skins. This can take anywhere from eight
hours or up to a few days, depending on the amount of color
and intensity the winemaker wants to achieve—the longer
the contact with the skins, the darker the color of the Rosé.
The wine is then finished as a white wine to maintain its fresh
and crisp style.
Any red grape can be used to make Rosé. In Southern
France, the main grapes used are Grenache and Cinsault.
In Italy, where they call it Rosato, grapes like
Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo may be used.
And in California, Rosé can be made from grapes
such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Rosé is also a great wine to enjoy with the
cuisine of Hawai‘i. It goes great with ahi tuna,
roasted chicken, salads and bouillabaisse. It’s
also a great wine to bring to a beach barbecue or
to enjoy with a picnic. I encourage you to look
for a Rosé, either here in Hawai‘i, or elsewhere
in the world.
A few Rosé wines to look out for are:
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé: This winery is one of
the most well known in the Bandol region of Provence
and is sought out by the Rosé lovers of the world for its
pale salmon color, intense minerality and subtle berry
Palmina Botasea Rosato: This Rosato is made by a
passionate husband and wife team, Steve and Chrystal
Clifton, in the Santa Barbara region of California. The
Rosato is made from the Italian grapes of Nebbiolo, Barbera and
Dolcetto and is a beautiful shade of rosy pink with an aroma of roses
and wild strawberries. A portion of the proceeds from this wine is
donated to breast cancer.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Nellie’s Garden Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley,
Washington: Made from mostly Syrah, this Rosé has a huge nose of
strawberry and raspberry, with a dark pink color that’s almost too
pretty to drink!