Skagit Food Co-op blog:

CV, the wine guy

The French (Rosé) Connection

France gets the credit for the invention of Rosé, the premier wine for romance, and, for that, the rest of the wine-making world gladly offers their affection. All Rosé are made from red grapes; the lovely different hues develop from brief contact with the pigments of different red grape varietals. These wines burst with berry and citrus flavors. Rosé wines are (typically) higher in acidity than a traditional red or white, which creates a ripe, well-balanced flavor that is perfect as an apertif and to be paired with a wide-range of meals.

Gruet Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine 
Gruet Winery, New Mexico
Varietal: Pinot Noir
$15.99

Among wine drinkers who know champagne, Rosé Champagnes are considered to be the cremé de la cremé. First, the base wine spends time sitting in contact with pinot noir skins until the desired color of pink is reached. Then, the traditional fermentation method is completed, resulting in a richer style that is more complex than golden champagne. Gruet is made in New Mexico, of all places. The Gruet Winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based wines that are made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. Gruet is owned and operated by a French family that discovered abandoned vineyards in New Mexico 30 years ago and decided to relocate and continue the family’s wine-making tradition from the New World. This mouth-watering bubbly is the perfect bottle to pop and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. Racy strawberry, plum, and floral aromatics and flavors combined with the typical higher acidity of champagne make it perfect for a romantic date, start to finish.

Gérard Bertrand Cotes des Roses Rosé
Gérard Bertrand Winery, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varietals: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
$15.99

Languedoc is arguably the heart of Rosé country in France (and, therefore, the world). The region stretches across the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border, along the foothills of the Montagne Noire and the Cévennes. The warm, windy climate is celebrated by Cotes des Roses varietals: Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah enjoy perfect growing conditions thanks to the altitude and sea, which eases the scorching summer heart. This is a stunning Rosé — light and fresh, with notes of strawberry, red currant, and grapefruit. It’s no secret that dry Rosé has been discovered, and is being fully enjoyed in the New World — these wines are downright pleasing.

As is the tradition with high end, long-established French Rosé, Cotes des Roses is packaged in a signature bottle that is unique to Gérard Bertrand. The bottle was designed to be given in the same way you would a offer a bunch a roses: its base is in the shape of a rose, with a lovely gold rose emblem at the top, and a reusable glass cork, leaving a lasting memento of a romantic celebration.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.