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50 Days of Rosé: Day 12 (Shake Shake Shake…Shake your Wine?!)

Domestic rosé hasn’t been getting a whole lot of love here, but Margerum’s Riviera Rosé made me pretty happy…after a small adjustment! Bottle: 4.5/5 – Nice clean label design here, attractive screwcap, no weird tinting of the glass that makes the rosé a gross muddy color. Solid effort! Color: 4.5/5 – Very pale, but still […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 11

If you’re looking for the perfect late afternoon, pre-dinner wine, splash a little Grande Courtade Rosé L’Instant 2016 and make everyone think you’re more sophisticated than you are. This is made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Merlot and Pinot Noir, and often rosés made from these grapes are either a little too harsh […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 10

Whenever I try to sell people something made from Zweigelt, they usually start backing away slowly, wondering how they can politely get away from me and just go buy some freaking Merlot and get on with their day. So don’t think of Paul D’s Frizzante Rosé as Zweigelt, even though it is, and even though […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 9

This cute little guy from France’s Languedoc region is made from 100% Cinsault, a grape mostly used as a blending grape in the southwest of France. It’s prized for its heat tolerance, so it made its way to the former French colonies of Morocco and Algeria as well. Not all of the wine those countries […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 8 (Ice, Ice, Baby)

For over a year now, I’ve been hearing about the ‘ice’ versions of Champagne and sparkling wine different producers have come out with, that are supposed to be stronger and/or sweeter versions of their bubblies that are meant to be drunk, you guessed it, over ice. And for over a year, I’ve had a mild, […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 7

Today it’s time to get back to basics with another Provençal rosé, this time from Domaine du Dragon. This has been a favorite of mine for years and I appreciate when wines are technically ‘critter wines,’ but the critter is something badass like a dragon – let’s see how the 2016 fares. Bottle: 2/5 – […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 6

Today I’m putting two American Pinot Noir rosés head to head: Meiomi and Angeline. Why let Provençal roses have all the fun? Let’s start with Angeline, a rosé made from Pinot Noir from coastal vineyards around Sonoma. Bottle: 3/5 – There’s a vague tackiness to the torn edge effect on the label, but it’s…fine. It’s […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 5

Can rosé make you more beautiful? Probably not, but it definitely made my friends and I more hungry. When we arrived at Hazel, we saw that their Dimsunday brunch menu (love a good portmanteau) had an option entitled ‘the whole shebang,’ which meant one of everything on the menu. Yes, please. It was *incredible.* Special […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 4

Four Day 4 I’ve got what has been my house rosé for several summers now, Mas de Daumas Gassac’s Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé. Say that three times fast! It’s what I buy in quantity and keep stocked in the wine rack for when friends drop by or I need something delicious but inexpensive to grab […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 3

It’s a beautiful Sunday here in the DC area to be out on a patio drinking rosé (we’ll throw our heads back and laugh and laugh…). Since I’m about to go have brunch at a place that’s probably way cooler than I am (Hazel), I’ve got a rosé that’s also way cooler than I am […]

50 Days of Rosé: Day 2

I picked up French Blue Rosé, in its quaint little bottle, from Whole Foods for around $12, thinking it might be a nice accompaniment to my dinner, which included roasted vegetables and a nice little pile of arugula. Rosés from this part of France tend to be made with the same grapes as their red […]

50 Days of Rosé! Welcome to Spring

After years of having to shove rosé into customers’ hands and swear to them on a stack of bibles and my future firstborn that it wasn’t sweet just to get them to buy it, we’ve now reached Peak Rosé. Rosé sales grew over 30% in 2015, and in 2016 it was the wine category that […]

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