July 31, 2012
I have another fun rose to tell you about to wrap up the month of July, Segura Viudas Brut Rose sparkling wine from Spain.
I have blogged about Segura Viudas in the past but I have never tried the pink bubbly version. This sparkler is a brut, meaning it is low on the sugar scale (0-12 grams of sugar per liter to be exact). The wine is dry for sure, but crisp and refreshing. There is a nice subtle fruit on the palate as is typical with rose wines. The bottle was only $7.99 so we’re not talking blow-your-socks-off here, but this would be great for a champagne-style punch, or add a little Chambord and you’ll have yourself a lovely little aperitif! And it just looks so pretty, doesn’t it? Maybe I’m just biased because I adore those champagne flutes, an engagement gift from my bestie/woman of honor… Those flutes make drinking tap water exciting and sexy! But I digress… So overall I would recommend this wine as long as you have the right expectation. Celebrating an anniversary or big promotion? No. Mixing up a pretty cocktail for a girlie baby shower? Perfect! I hope you enjoyed the roses we reviewed this month and I apologize I couldn’t get all four reviews up. If you’re looking for more suggestions I would be more than happy to send you further info. Now we need to pick a theme for August… Hasta pronto!!
July 11, 2012
Next up this month we have the delightful Chateau Montaud Cotes de Provence. This 2011 rose cost $10 and comes in a beautiful bottle typical of rose from the region.
The wine is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The nose is lightly floral with soft berry notes the palate is smooth with bright strawberry and cherry flavors. This is a dry rose and despite its fruit flavors it is not at all sweet. But that is ok because sweetness is not what a real rose is all about, right? I enjoyed this wine very much and would highly recommend it. Looks like we’re two for two on rose month, huzzah! Check it out and let me know what you think. Until next week, salute!
July 4, 2012
It’s summer, everyone! I know, I know, summer officially been a few weeks ago, but July is the time when it really feels like summer, you know? June can be touchy, some cooler days and such, but July is all sunshine and happiness! Nothing says summer to me like a cool, crisp rose wine. Sitting at a cafe on the beach in Nice, sipping a cool, pink wine, nibbling on marinated olives and toasted almonds, the sun shining down and filling you with joy. THAT is my happy place, right there… Let me begin by saying that I mean rose, NOT white Zinfandel. Real rose wine gets its color from brief exposure to the skins of the red grapes from which the white grape juice is pressed and then fermented. White Zin is dyed and sweetened and just an abomination. But enough about that, let’s get right into our wine of the week, a delightful 2010 Bordeaux rose by Chateau de Castelneau.
This rose is made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The nose is slightly floral with bright strawberry. The palate is light and crisp with a medium finish and a hint of sweetness. The bottle was only $9, an absolute steal in my opinion! I recommend this wine for sure. Try it for yourself, and happy summer!