Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the wine world has gotten a bit rosier over the last few years. Rosè has risen from the proverbial ashes of White Zinfandel like a boozy phoenix and is changing the face of the entire wine industry.
This newfound love for rosè started a few years ago in Southern France, in a little town called Provence, where winemakers made famous the delicate, floral, lightly fruity wine. This style spread like wildfire and became universally popular in bottle shops, even outselling most white wines! There’s even a term used to encourage the most masculine of us to embrace the movement: Brosè, anyone?
Provence will always have the spotlight in the rosè scene, but recently the attention has shifted to other regions. Here is a glimpse into the new world of pink wine:
- Heidi Schrock ‘Biscaya’ Zweigelt Rosè- Heidi Schrock is a rock star in Austria, named the 2003 Falstaff Vintner of the Year, making her one of only a handful of women to ever be awarded this distinction. This wine, Biscaya, is named after a bisque for its savory qualities A fun, fairly obscure grape anyway, Zweigelt is a light-bodied red grape varietal grown in Austria and Czech Republic. If this is your first Zweigelt sighting, look out, because this grape has been growing in popularity over the past few years!
- Messmer Spatburgunder Rosè- This VDP classified German producer makes some of the best Riesling in Germany, and their Spatburgunder is no exception! Spatburgunder is basically German Pinot Noir, so while this wine is essentially a Pinot Noir rosè, which you may have had before, German Pinot Noir rosè is crazy minerally, and has more flavors of white mushroom and flowers than strawberry and watermelon like you might find in an Oregon Pinot Noir Rosè. Spatburgunder is to German red wine what Riesling is to German white wine, so look for it to discover the other side of German wine-making.
- Robert Serol Cote Roannaise Cabochard- Yeah, we know, it’s French. But it’s Gamay from Touraine, and aged in limestone eggs and one of our favorites, so trust us on this one! Totally different from its Southern cousin in Provence, carbonic maceration makes this rosè fruity and luscious. It’s fairly limited, so get it before it runs out!
- Parusso Nebbiolo Rosè- Get your Barolo fix in the summertime with this Nebbiolo rosè! The classic flavors of kitchen spice, wild raspberry, and rosè petals still can be found in the lighter style, but obviously, it’s more refreshing during the summer months.
- Anjos Vinho Verde Rosè- Ohhhh, man… Vinho Verde rosè is Back for the summer! If you haven’t had Vinho Verde in its classic white form, then get on that, but otherwise it’s time to graduate to rosè, Fam! All of the lovely crisp, bubbly things you love about Vinho Verde can be found in this bottle, but they turn it up to eleven with watermelon and strawberry compote aromas and flavors. It’s not sweet, but it’s definitely a bit fruitier. Embrace it, friends! For less than $7, Vinho Verde rosè can be your BFF this summer.
- Prieler Rosè Voim Stein- Meet our BF, Blaufrankish! This grape is widely cultivated in Europe, and is another big Austrian contender. Thick-skinned, this rosè is dry with cherry, blackberry, and floral flavors. A great one to pair with cheese boards!
- Marques de Caceres Rioja Rosè- A totally different experience from the light delicate Provence rosès! This Tempranillo rosè from one of our favorite Rioja producers is way more intense, with rich fruit and a weightier mouthfeel. This is one you could pair with burgers straight off the grill. Talk about brosè!
- AIX- AIX is one of the most popular rosès on the market right now. A classic, delicate, food-friendly rosè from Provence. So how did it sneak its way onto our ‘no Provence allowed’ list? Because magnums! The only thing better than a bottle of great rosè is a bigger bottle of great rosè!
How do you rosè? Swing by your local Martin’s and let us know what you think on social media with #tastemartins!