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Snooth User: John Andrews

Rose on the rise ...

Posted by John Andrews, Mar 28, 2008.

I just saw this article on Wines & Vines.

Apparently, the US is jumping on to the Rose bandwagon. To quote the article:

"Sales of rosé wines priced $8 and above grew 53.2% by value and 49.1% by volume during the 52 weeks ending Feb. 9, 2008"

In addition the article states that Rose sales grew 17 times faster than any other table wine.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Mar 29, 2008.

Okay, rose! Way to appeal to a broader palate.

Reply by Philip James, Mar 29, 2008.

Well its easier for rose to grow - it really had no other place to go! I'm always amazed at the negative attitude i hear towards rose, some of the dry rose's are fantastic (maybe not $100 age worthy wines, but excellent ready to drink wines in the under $30 category).

Compare the US's consumption of rose's to that of southern France - there its a stable summertime drink.

Reply by Daniel Petroski, Mar 30, 2008.

Would love to hear people's thoughts on their favorite Rose wines. My favorite out of California is Pine Ridge's Encantado - the wine, I believe, is rose of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I also like Lynmar's Vin Gris and I have heard good things about Sinskey's Rose of Pinot Noir (but have yet to try it).

Reply by Philip James, Mar 31, 2008.

This is one of my favorites. Barely a rose, this is a super deep Alsatian rose of pinot noir, but it should still be served chilled:

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 31, 2008.

I am quite fond of the more recent La Crema Rose of Pinot Noir. Last years version was almost bone dry and is very crisp. Definitely needs to be chilled but great refreshing wine. Hartford also had a great Rose of Pinot Noir. Unti in Dry Creek did a more traditional Rose made of Greneche and Mourvèdre.

Lastly, I think that Chris Loxton makes a great Vin Gris of Syrah. Of course, I'm biased, I work for Chris at Loxton Cellars on the weekend. :-)

Reply by Philip James, Mar 31, 2008.

A Vin Gris ( - very very interesting. Outside of blanc de noir champagne, which i dont think counts, i dont think ive ever had a white wine made with a red grape.

Reply by andrew, Mar 31, 2008.

My favorite Rose is Pourcieux It's not too sweet and it's great when chilled. Pairs well with just about everything I've tried

Reply by Philip James, Mar 31, 2008.

Ps. its raining here and i'm struggling to dream about the joys of a crisp rose...(perhaps while sitting on a wooden jetty watching waves break on golden beach?). Anyway, its far far away at the moment

Reply by Daniel Petroski, Mar 31, 2008.

Philip, sorry about the rain.... but just wanted to add one more to the list, not a Rose by definition, but acts like one. Valle dell'Acate's Frapatto. One of the only single varietal (or variety, need to check a previous blog post on Snooth about this!) bottlings of Frapatto. It is a clean, pure red wine that smells of strawberries and rose petals and is used mainly as a blending grape for Cerasuolo. This wine should be drunk a bit chilled and definitely, as Philip describes, on a beach.

Reply by Chris Carpita, Apr 1, 2008.

I have been one loathe to rose in the past, but I'm getting a hankering. Thanks for the rec, Philip, would love to pick it up locally if possible...

Reply by Philip James, Apr 1, 2008.

hmm, if only there was a search engine that could help you there Chris...

ok, this is blatent cheating. i just noticed the "rose on the rise" thread break the leaderboard, i want to knock the bug related ones off!

Reply by John Andrews, Apr 1, 2008.

@Philip ... let me help.:-)

Roses have been very popular with Sonoma County producers over the past few years. Overall the quality has been very good. You should make a trip out here in May/June and you'll see that almost every producer will make one.

They are relatively cheap to make and you can get a 6 month turn around (from crush to sale) on them which, from a business standpoint, is great for the smaller producers.

Reply by staceybrick, Apr 1, 2008.

Ah, poor Philip. As a former east coast girl, I do feel your pain. However, having lived on the west coast for about a decade, I am able to enjoy Rose year-round. In fact, I made up some tuna tartare this past weekend and enjoyed it with one of my current favorite Roses: Château Mourgues Du Gres Costières-de-nîmes Les Galets Rosés. The 2006 vintage is lovely. Also, to dovetail on HondaJohn's last comment, there are some nice Rose offerings from the Central Coast of Cali as well as in Sonoma. I really enjoy Andrew Murray's Sanglier. It's a blend of Carignan and Cinsault and it's as enjoyable as most any Rose I've had from other regions.

Reply by Kirstin, Apr 2, 2008.

I've never thought of having tuna tatare with rosé, but that sounds awesome! Has anyone tried the Robert Sinsky Vin Gris? Pricier by the year, but delicious.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 7, 2008.

I just saw that this is available in my local store ( - it says its a rose though? I thought Vin Gris was a white wine made with red grapes...

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