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Five Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Summer

The summer of rosé is in full swing! It’s an international love affair, with rosé wine being made around the world from a variety of different grapes.

Try one of these AG picks tonight:

Cune RosadoCune Rosado Rioja 2013
Rioja Alta, Spain

From CVNE (pronounced Coo-nay), a family owned and operated winery founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja, this dry rosé is 100% Tempranillo. Produced using the saignée or bleeding method, the juice was removed from the grape skins and seeds after around 24 to 48 hours, resulting in a magenta-pink color. Floral aromas introduce flavors of strawberry, tart cherry and red currant.
$14, 14% alcohol by volume

Esporao Defesa RoséEsporão Vinha da Defesa Rosé 2013
Alentejo, Portugal

Established in 1973, Herdade do Esporão is a family-owned estate and winery that takes its name from the tower on the property that is thought to have been built between 1457 and 1490. This rosé is a blend of Aragonez and Syrah. The grapes underwent pneumatic pressing after a short period of skin contact. Bright pink in color with berry aromas, the wine has flavors of raspberry, cherry and Victoria plum, with a hint of mint on the refreshing finish.
$15, 13.5% alcohol by volume

Bridge Lane RoséBridge Lane Rosé 2013
North Fork of Long Island, New York

This wine comes from Lieb Cellars, founded in 1992 on Long Island’s North Fork. Lieb was the first winery on Long Island to plant Pinot Blanc, which has become their signature wine and makes up part of the blend in the Bridge Lane rosé. The 2013 wine is 63% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 8% Pinot Blanc, 5% Riesling and 3% Gewurztraminer. Light and easy to drink with a pretty pale pink color, the wine has flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry and rose petal.
$18, 11.9% alcohol by volume

Cape Bleue RoséJean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé 2013
Provence, France

The grapes for this wine from the noted French winemaker come from hilly vineyards near Salon de Provence, an area influenced by the nearby Mediterranean Sea.  It is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre, and was made using the saignée method. Salmon-pink in color,  the aromatic wine will transport you to the South of France. Flavors of ripe strawberry, red cherry and rose are layered with subtle fennel and white pepper notes.
$14, 12.5% alcohol by volume

Houchart RoséDomaine Houchart Rosé 2013
Provence, France

Bought in 1890 by Aurélien Houchart, the 90 hectare estate near Aix-en-Provence and the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire has been consistently farmed since Roman times. Today it is owned by the Quiot Family and run by Geneviève Quiot, Aurélien’s great granddaughter. This Côtes de Provence rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This crowd-pleaser is pale peachy-pink in color, with delicate flavors of strawberry, loganberry and watermelon that culminate in a crisp finish.
$11, 12% alcohol by volume

 

AG Pick: Clos Cibonne Tibouren 2012

One New Year’s resolution that will be easy to keep is a resolution to try new grapes – and new and less familiar grapes are what we love to share at the Amateur Gastronomer.

For our first wine article of 2014 the AG would like to introduce you to Tibouren – the 2012 Clos Cibonne Cuvée Spéciale Tibouren.

Clos Cibonne TibourenTibouren is a red wine grape from Provence, in the south of France. In the Côtes de Provence appellation where Clos Cibonne is located, Tibouren is primarily used as a blending grape, and often overshadowed by Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and other Rhone varieties.

The Roux family is passionate about preserving this grape. In the 1930s André Roux replaced all of the estate’s Mourvèdre with Tibouren, thinking it to be the ideal grape for the region. The estate even received special permission from the A.O.C. to list the grape on its labels. Today it’s André’s granddaughter and her husband who preserve the tradition of Tibouren.

Flavor and style wise, Tibouren is similar to Grenache. The red wine is light bodied and aromatic, with bright red fruit notes and soft tannins.

The 2012 Clos Cibonne Cuvee Speciale Tibouren has flavors of raspberry, cherry and wild strawberry that are layered with rose, white pepper and a hint of dried thyme.

The Clos Cibonne Cuvée Spéciale is a food-friendly wine. Like Grenache and lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, Tibouren can pair with pork, turkey, chicken, veal and fish. Serve the Tibouren slightly chilled.

For more information on Clos Cibonne visit www.clos-cibonne.com.

$27, 13% alcohol by volume

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