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Looking to rosé all day? The options seem almost endless
but there are two main ways to go, classic Provence or into
the New World. Either way, dry rosé makes a great pairing
with all of your favorite summer dishes, from salads to
seafood or pizza, you can’t go wrong.
Dip down under the equator for a quick visit to
Marlborough and give the
Matua Rosé 2016
a taste. While
the area is mostly known for their Sauvignon Blanc, this
wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir, a grape with which
New Zealand is doing extremely well. A pale salmon pink
color with crisp acidity, this fruit driven wine has cherry
aromas and flavors with a bit of rose petal and a touch of
herbaceous in the fresh finish, a steal at approximately $13.
For classic rosé, travel to the southern France beach town
of St. Tropez on the French Riviera with a bottle of
Chateau
Minuty M 2015
.
This blend of Grenache and Cinsault comes
from an historic estate, one of only twenty-three classified
in Provence in 1955. An even paler, onion-skinned pink
color, this wine is dry, medium bodied, with subtle aromas
and flavors of peach and citrus and a saline minerality in the
fresh lingering finish. Deliciously affordable at $17 a bottle.
With average temperatures of 70 degrees in Verona in
June, northeast Italy may be the spot to dream of visiting.
The Valpolicella region is an excellent place to find some
unique dry red wines.
Indulge in the area’s most high-end style of wine with the
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012
. Made
from indigenous grapes, this dry, lush and full bodied red
has aromas and flavors of cherry, blackberry and fennel with
a persistent licorice-laced finish. With 15.5% ABV, this is
definitely a good wine to share or enjoy on your steak night
at home.
This wine is a bit of a splurge at approximately $75, but
the higher price is due to the production method used to
make Amarone wines. The grapes are dried after harvest
for three to four months until forty percent of their weight
is lost. This concentrates the flavors and sugars which leads
to an intense high alcohol wine often with a raisin nuance.
The wine is then aged for two years or more and is released
when it is approachable and ready to drink.
For the more budget savvy, a taste of this Italian region
is available at Riondo’s Italian Ristorante located on the
Strand at 24
th
Street. The
Allegrini Valpolicella Classico
is
the lighter style red made by this same producer listed for
only $35 a bottle on the wine list. This easy-drinking type of
wine is the everyday red of the locals in Valpolicella and it is
a perfect pairing with the restaurant’s menu.
These are simply a sample of the international flavors readily available in Galveston, and only a glimpse of the stops
available on a wine tour of the globe. Continue the journey and look for sparkling wines from the cool climates of
Tasmania and Patagonia, the southernmost points on the planet making wine. Visit the harsh active volcanic wine region
of Mt Etna in Sicily for some vibrant red and whites from indigenous grapes. And do not forget to tour Texas with wines
from the Hill Country to the High Texas Plains. The opportunities to taste the world have never been greater.
Cheers!
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