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Rosé City: Looking Through Rose-Colored Wine Glasses

Spring is in the air, on your dinner plate, and . . . in your wine glass! This time every year, we’re excited to feast on the spring bounty of local asparagus, wild morels, green garlic, and fresh goat cheese. And what pairs better with these seasonal goodies than freshly bottled rosé wine?rose city set up

The start of rosé season could not be better matched with the seasonal food available right now. We’re so stoked about it, that we’ve set up an entire display dedicated to pink wine – Rosé City!

We’ll be featuring new and hard-to-find rosés here on a rotating basis. An upside to rosé season? There are so many wonderful rosés to try. On the other hand, many of these great wines are limited releases – so try hard to not get too attached. Visit Rosé City soon, and start your spring off right by looking through rose-colored wine glasses!

Domaine Fenouillet2012 Fenouillet Rosé  – $14.99

Domaine Fenouillet has a long history of producing great wines. Brothers Patrick and Vincent Soard own the Domaine but their great-grandfather, Casimir, won medals for his wines back in 1902. Located in the Southern Rhone, in the village of Beaumes de Venise, their vineyards are picturesque – sitting on rocky slopes with the dramatic backdrop of the Dentelles de Montmirail (giant granite cliffs). Their rosé is consistently delicious every year – made mostly of Cinsault with a bit of Grenache and Syrah. The Cinsault lends an herbal and rustic nose to a wine that is light, crisp, dry, and minerally. With mouthwatering acidity, this rosé pairs perfectly with grilled asparagus and goat cheese!

 2011 Calabretta Vino Rosato  –  $19.99Calabretta Vino Rosato

Don’t be fooled by the dark ruby hue of this rosato from Sicily – it’s still technically a rosé wine. The Calabretta family has made wine on the northern slopes of Mt. Etna for four generations, and their rosato is truly one of the most unusual and deliciously intriguing rosés we’ve tried. Made from 100% Nerello Mascalese (a native Sicilian grape) grown entirely on black volcanic soils, this rosé has notes of smoke, blood orange, and fennel. Dark in color and mid-weight in texture, this rosé is a great option for heavier dishes like grilled pork or whole grilled fish.


Forlorn Hope Kumo to Ame2012 Forlorn Hope Kumo to Ame Rosé  –  $19.99

We love discovering the new wines Matthew Rorick crafts under his label Forlorn Hope. He’s constantly searching for unusual and lesser-known grape varietals that thrive in the varied terroir of California. This rosé is sourced from the same vineyards in Amador County as his ‘Mil Amores’ red blend and is a field blend of the Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, and Tinta Amarella. The wine was pressed whole-cluster, lending a slight spicy grip. The nose is fresh and lively with aromas of orange blossom, vanilla bean, and lavender. Beautiful mineral flavors and a crisp, dry finish make this a versatile rosé on the dinner table.

Upcoming Tastings at 18 Reasons:

18th Hour Cafe: Thursday, April 18th, 6-10PM

Spring Wine Blitz Preview Tasting: Friday, May 10th, 6-8PM, Drop-In (Mark your calendar for our May Wine Blitz! 18th Street Store Only: 5/13 through 5/19!)

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