Drink 50 Shades of Rosé
Ahh, summer. The long awaited season of carefree afternoons, lingering poolside with bottomless glasses of crisp, refreshing, palate-pleasing Rosé. While this beautiful, multi-hued wine has long been the drinkable go-to for summer, Rosé has blossomed in popularity to become a year-round selection. Thanks to its food-friendly nature, Rosé now commands its own section in the supermarket wine aisle and has expanded beyond one or two offerings on restaurant wine lists to showcase domestic offerings from California and Oregon as well as international varietals from France, Italy and Spain, as winemakers expand on traditional Rosé styles and chefs and sommeliers embrace the versatility of Rosé as an ideal pairing companion.
Vin Gris styles, associated with the south of France, are light, bright, crisp and clean, featuring high acidity and low alcohol. These “Rosés of Intent” (ROI) are made from grapes planted, grown and harvested for the specific purpose of being a Rosé. They are excellent to enjoy with lighter fare. By contract, Saignée Rosés tend to be darker, heavier, richer, and more age-worthy with enough structure to hold up to main courses. And, of course, there are sparkling Rosés and Rosé champagnes which are delectable with canapes, starter courses or desserts, and generally a delightful choice on their own any time of the day, year-round.
In 2018, Auberge du Soleil introduced its first private label Rosé with the second release made available in conjunction with the hotel’s Rosé All May month-long celebration in May 2019. The Auberge du Soleil Rosé is available exclusively to hotel guests upon check-in and to visitors of the Napa Valley dining at the property’s Michelin-Star Restaurant and Bistro & Bar. According to Director of Wine, Kris Margerum, it’s the perfect antidote for refreshing and resetting the palette. “After a long day of tasting through big, bold Napa Cabernets you need something light and fresh with a hint more structure and tannin than dry white wine. Our Rosé is similar to a Rhône varietal – a vibrant ROI Rosé. It’s literally custom made to go with the amazing sunsets while relaxing and indulging on our terrace.”