Some people remember prom (never went) their first kiss (trying to forget) or to put oil in their car (did you know that’s not a suggestion, I mean you actually HAVE to put oil in your car!) Who knew!? When I look back it’s the truly significant moments that stick out in my mind. My first shopping trip to Nordstroms at nine, the day I got my Starbucks gold card and my first sip of wine! It was my sweet 16 and my mom gave me a a small pour of Sutter Home White Zinfandel. That’s right folks, good ole Sutter Home Zin. That 2001 was quite a vintage (said no one ever!) Follow that with my introduction to the oh so chic Franzia boxed wine blush a few years down the road. It’s like hearing about Britney Spears for the first time when she shaved her head and then watching Crossroads.
Over the years I’ve matured into a very classy lady with what I can assure you is a tremendously refined palate. (I can almost always tell the difference between a white or red wine without even looking!) It occurred to me a while back that the trauma caused by my very unfortunate introduction to “wine” had subconsciously predisposed me to equate pink with plonk. (Don’t be embarrassed if you have to Google “plonk”, it’s a very sophisticated term only true wine aficionados like myself would know.) On a totally unrelated note can someone please explain to me in the comments how one erases their Google history???
In my enlightened state I’ve become a sort of unofficial rosé ambassador, luminary really. I speak to 1’s of 10’s of people a year (usually against their will) in hopes of dispelling the rumors that I myself perpetuated at one time. Rosé is good wine, not to be confused with blush or white zin, we hold these truths to be self-evident. Wait, have I heard that somewhere before?? (Sounds like something the drunken evangelist would say.) I’ll tell you about her in a later post, I think I’ve embarrassed myself enough in this one.
Today I’m offering my two cents (that is literally how much my advice is worth) on the blushing bride that is rosé! Below are three of my current favorites which also happen to be super affordable. (I gotchew boo!) If you don’t like these I don’t like you. Just kidding! But not really…
Quite possibly my favorite rosé of all time is Barnard Griffin’s award winning 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese. With a pretty watermelon pink hue and notes of strawberry and melon I just want to dab a little of this on my wrists and for about $12.00 a bottle I just might! (I wish Marc Jacobs Daisy came in a wine bottle for 12 bucks!)
With a refreshing cherry/peach pop I have been loving Matchbook’s 2014 Tempranillo Rosé. At about $12.00 a bottle this beaut definitely needs to be chilling in your fridge this summer. FYI if you happen to put this wine in your freezer to chill, forget about it and discover it the following morning you will have a very large boozy popsicle and the cork could be anywhere. It happened to a friend of mine…
Crisp flavors of raspberry and rhubarb make Coeur d’ Alene Cellar’s 2014 Rosé irresistible! For about $15.00 bucks you are sure to like this wine and love the bottle (co-owner Sarah Jane Gates paints the pretty water-colored labels for all their wine.) If you aren’t familiar with this boutique winery you should get acquainted real fast. I started drinking their reds nearly 10 years ago and I’ve come to find there really isn’t a style of wine they don’t do beautifully.
See you Tuesday for more wardrobe fun or at Vintage Spokane this Sunday!