A virtual wine tasting dedicated to “pink”
After the porch drop-off wine tastings in May, my friends requested a tasting session centered around rosé wine. I LOVE rosé wine, so I was more than happy to design and deliver a session dedicated to “pink”.
In fact, we are year-round rosé wine drinkers, but we drink more of it this time of year. It’s crisp and acidic with red fruit aromas and flavors like strawberries, watermelon, and red bing cherries. Perfect for this time of year!
Where does it get its color?
Rosé wine is a type of wine that obtains its color from the grape skins, but not enough color to qualify as red wine. The earliest red wines made were closer in appearance to today’s rosé than they would be to modern red wines. This is because of the winemaking techniques used.
Black grapes are used to make rosé wine. The grapes are pressed, and the juice is left on the skins for 12-24 hours (while red wine is soaked for days/weeks longer). This soaking process extracts color from the skins and tannins from the seeds and skin and is referred to as maceration.
The shade of pink can range from a pale salmon to deep pink and is dependent on the grape varietal and the length of maceration.
What I love about rosé wine is its versatility.
Still and Sparkling
Worldwide; most famous, Provence France (very dry style)
A wide variety of grapes. Ex: Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, etc.
Dry to sweet
Low to medium
More body than white; not as full as red
I selected 3 rosé wines from Winestore, Lake Norman. Each of the wines were made from different grape varietals and from different regions to allow for a good representation of versatility.
Birichino Vin Gris ($14.99) – Provencal style rose, and driest of the group. A blend of Grenache, 128-year-old Cinsault vines, old-vine Mourvèdre and Rolle from different regions throughout Northern California. A light-bodied, well-balanced wine with notes of strawberry, lime zest and rose petals.
Block & Tackle Rosé ($7.99) – 100% Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley (Central Coast CA). This was the brightest shade of the group. Nice roundness, medium body and high acidity. Beautiful raspberry, strawberry, and floral on the nose, with white pepper on the palate.
Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato ($14.99) – Barbera grapes from Piedmont region of Northern Italy. A gorgeous blush pink hue from a short maceration period. We experienced a very interesting aroma from this one – banana Laffy Taffy – with salted watermelon, floral notes and a little spice.
It was a tight race on this one between #2 and 3. The Block & Tackle won by one vote!
The Block & Tackle is an easy Tuesday afternoon sipper. It’s well rounded with refreshing acidity, juicy fruit and a medium finish. And lucky for the wallet it was the cheapest.
Personally, both the Pico Maccario and Block & Tackle will be chilled in our fridge, ready to drink all summer long.
Photos courtesy Stephanie Roberts
Stephanie Roberts, WSET® Certified, is passionate about educating people about wine and all its complexities. She believes that through education comes enlightenment and approachability—elevating the wine and food experience. Stephanie is the founder of Corks & Boards, offering unique and tailored wine experiences.
Furthermore, you can schedule your own virtual wine tasting with Stephanie that includes formal education about the wine subject (such as style, region or varietal) and instruction on how to follow a formal tasting methodology. It’s a fun event for a casual Zoom with friends, Father’s Day gift, birthday, etc. Message Stephanie through Facebook or IG (@corksandboards).