With the dog days of summer coming to an end, it’s almost time to finish off this year’s crop of rosés, but not quite. I’m just not ready to let go of this element of my vinous arsenal: great with so many dishes, wonderful on it’s own and just so refreshing!
With the cooling night of autumn upon us, well not really but it’s coming, it’s time to up the ante a little, and search out Rosés that offer a little more oomph. This weather brings heartier fare, and while we haven’t moved on to Cassoulet and Beef Bourguignon yet (I’m ready I tell you), some grilled chicken and pork might be on the weekends menu, and these 2 wines are just the ticket to a pairing success.
2008 Slowine Rose from Paul Cluver Overberg, South Africa 12.5%
This Blend of Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Syrah offers up intense sour cherry, peach and melon flavors with a classic background hint of banana. Crisp and fresh on the palate it would make a great partner for tropical pork dishes but I really like it with Tamales!
2007 Chateau Moyau La Clape Rose Coteaux du Languedoc 13.5%
A classic Rhône blend that gains complexity from each of the 5 grape varieties used. This is a big, bold rosé, with deep, sweet strawberry and pomegranate aromas and a lightly spicy, herbal and leathery tinged palate with crisp yet complex red berry flavors that are perfectly poised to work with grilled or even fried chicken.