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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:55

April 22, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Lawer 2015 Rose Picmonkey

 

2015 Rosé of Syrah

 

Lawer Estates

Knights Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $22

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:30

So What Do You Eat with Rosé?

TASTE News Service April 22, 2016 - (Editor’s note: Taste California Travel will be sharing more recipes with you in the coming months. The recipe below comes from Betsy and David Lawer, who suggest this shellfish ceviche as the perfect appetizer to pair with their winery’s Rosé of Syrah.)

Friday, 01 February 2013 16:55

January 25, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

J Brut Rose Picmonkey

J Brut Rosé (N/V)

 

Producer: J Vineyards & Winery

 Appellation: Russian River Valley

 Alcohol: 12.5%

 Suggested Retail: $38

 

“Attractive packaging—clear glass bottle adorned by the simple scripted J, shows off the wine's pink/coral hue. Predominantly Pinot Noir (64%), this rosé is lighter and more sophisticated than most. There's another 2% of red juice from Pinot Meunier, the other traditional red variety in Champagne, but the Chardonnay component (34%) may be what gives such elegance to this wine.”

“Aromas of strawberry, peach and maybe a little green apple. Crisp flavors of raspberry and strawberry follow with a hint of fresh lemon zest. There's a subtle yeasty presence which evokes more France than California.”

Food Affinity: Champagne and good sparkling wines are more versatile and food-friendly than many realize. This rosé could accompany anything from filet of sole through poultry dishes and even many veal preparations. Of course, oysters are always a good idea and if you can find a restaurant serving Lobster Newberg, that classic from a bygone era, the J rosé would be a wonderful accompaniment.

Friday, 25 January 2013 17:58

December 7, 2012 Wine Pick of the Week

2012 Nouveau image Picmonkey

 

2012 Nouveau

Rosé of Pinot Noir

 

Producer: River Road Vineyards

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $14.95

 

“This wine is a riff on a French tradition. Each year at the third week of November, Beaujolais Nouveau is released. It's a red wine made from Gamay grapes that were still on the vine a couple of months earlier. Supposedly an early indicator of quality of the vintage, it's also something of a marketing triumph. The fervor has quieted these days, but plenty of Gallic hype used to go into the race to see which cafes and bistros in Paris could have the product available on the first day it was legal to sell (until a couple of unfortunate accidents happened in the pursuit of this November dash). Not intended as a 'serious' wine, Beaujolais Nouveau is actually a pleasant drink—light and full of fruit. And it's a killer pairing with roast turkey.

“Our Wine Pick of this Week is the 2012 Nouveau from Russian River Road Vineyards and Winery. Unlike the aforementioned Gamay Beaujolais, it's not a red wine but is a rosé—and a pale one, at that. What it does share with it's French cousin is a fresh and easy-to-drink style. We found it had subtle aromas and flavors of watermelon and strawberries. The wine was thoroughly chilled when we first tasted it and we were initially a little disappointed, thinking there just wasn't enough personality there. However, returning to the bottle when it might have been described as 'cool' rather than 'chilled,' made quite a difference. The Nouveau's charms, still more subtle than forward, began to show. Strawberry aromas could be detected and a nice round feel in the mouth showed itself.

“At $14.95 it's a little steep when you consider that there are many nice French (and Spanish and Italian) rosés for less, but it's a style—and a tradition—that should be encouraged in California. Winemaker Joe Freeman plans to make a Nouveau for release the first week of every December.”

Food Affinity: The wine was tasted on its own and later paired with a fettucine and poached salmon dish, served in a light creamy sauce. It worked well.

 

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