Are you crazy about pink wine? I’ve been drinking dry, pink wine — also known as rosé — before it was cool. Just so you know, I didn’t make that expression up. I borrowed it from the three clever guys on the We Like Drinking podcast who have a shirt that reads, “I liked drinking before it was cool.”
But I’m thrilled to say that over the last few years, rosé wine sales have exploded. It now has its own category, and it’s hard to miss the wall-o-pink when you’re shopping. Some retailers carry upwards of 100 different rosé brands to choose from. This makes someone like me tickled pink!
New on my radar is a Tuscan rosato (rosé in Italian) called Poggerino “Aurora” made with 100% Sangiovese grapes that retails for $15-20. When I first tasted it blind, not knowing anything about it other than its color, I was charmed by its red cherry and strawberry aromatics. Our server, Dan, was playing a guessing game with us at our Easter brunch last week at Chimney Park restaurant and placed wine pairings in front of us without telling us what they were.
I had a strong feeling it wasn’t a rosé of Pinot Noir because it wasn’t quite that delicate in color or structure, but I couldn’t guess the grape variety or blend with much confidence. Nonetheless, it was everything a rosé should be — light, dry, energizing, and pleasurable with food.
Another thing that tickles me pink about this rosé is its producer, Fattoria (meaning “farm” in Italian) Poggerino, doesn’t use pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards. They care about product quality and integrity —reds, rosés, spumantes (sparkling wines), and olive oil. If you have a travel habit (mine is more of an addiction), you can visit Fattoria Poggerino in Tuscany, stay in one of their twelve rooms/suites at a fair price (80-110 Euros/night), and taste the wine at its source.
Poggerino’s “Aurora” Rosato is an Italian beauty, a wine I predict will become 2018’s sweetheart rosé. Look for the single, red rose on the label. A word of caution: don’t buy more than you can drink. This wine, like most rosés, has a drinking window of 1-2 years.
Looking for more rosés and recipes to experiment with this summer or year round?
- Canterris Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon and Rotisserie Chicken and Blueberry Salad
- Cantina Zaccagnini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Rosé and Flank Steak Tacos
- Chateau d’Oupia Minervois Rosé and Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Crema
Stephanie Davis is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certified Advanced Level III, a French Wine Scholar (FWS), and Level 2 Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Follow Stephanie on Instagram @wineheroine and Twitter @thewineheroine. Tune in to Stephanie’s weekly podcast Wine Two Five.