A Case of Roses in July

Some Great Roses for the Summer


Well if now is not the moment for enjoying a few roses I don't know what is. Yes there are tons of people out there who will argue that roses are great year round, but let's be honest,  they're better when it's 90 degrees out; trust me on this.

Of course there are roses, and there are roses. Some are light, fresh and elegant while others may be rich, meaty and dense, and don't get me started on the residual sugar that many of these wines carry on their sleeves, not that I have a problem with residual sugar per se. I do however have a problem with not knowing how sweet a wine may be until after I've openinged it. Here's a suggestion, add the sweetness level to your labels people. I bet it will increase sales as it makes it easier for people to find what the like when they want it! 

I found some lovely wines in this case, so check out my reviews for an idea about what the wines are like but don't miss the video where I discuss how to take advantage of the variety of styles roses have to offer.
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The highest scoring wines isn't always the "best"! Find out why, and discover four great roses for this summer.

I could have just run down the list of wines in the video, reading off the top 5 roses but the truth of the matter is that point scores offer a limited source of information. Saying higher rated wines are always better is somewhat akin to saying that a Ferrari is always better, even when what you really need is a Crown Vic or Caravan!

No, instead what I've done here is to share my thoughts on the wines I liked the most, for different occasions and at different price points. A rose served with burgers to a crowd should be different than a rose served with grilled salmon and lentils de Puy to a few fellow foodies. Lets try and make better use of point scores moving forward, simply by relying on them less. They certainly are a convenient shorthand to denote relative quality but they can't convey the most important qualities of a wine, namely style and if you're going to like the wine.

My top wines follow here but the video is worth watching to get a better idea of the style of four different and attractive roses!

Roses in July

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Rose of Pinot Noir (2012)
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Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rose (2011)
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Gary Farrell Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Selection (2012)
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Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Rose (2012)
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Apaltagua Carmenere Rose (2012)
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Fox Run Vineyards Rose (2012)
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Tess Red White Blend Napa Valley (NV)
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Rose Eccoci (2011)
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Finca Torremilanos Ribera del Duero Montecastrillo Rosado (2012)
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Waterbrook Rose of Sangiovese (2012)
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Gioia Rosato di Sangiovese (2011)
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