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Five weeks after knee replacement surgery I resume working at the wine store and I am greeted by a massive display of Rosé wines which means that it’s summer-time and Rosé time!

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Rosé wines are “on fire” in America  – it is the 2nd fastest growing wine category. Do you know the #1 category (see below for answer)?  Rosé sales increased by 32% in 2015 and more impressively, Rosés over $11 increased by 60%!

In Old world countries like France and Italy, Rosé is an everyday staple – summer or winter, lunch or dinner. And not surprisingly, Rosés outsell white wines in France. Rosé is sometimes called the world’s “most versatile” wine – it pairs with any food, is low in alcohol (about 12%), is fresh and vibrant. And best of all, most Rosés are inexpensive (under $20).

So cozy up to one of these easy drinkers and enjoy a hot afternoon on the beach sipping Rosé…(one bottle may not be enough).

rose whispering angel

CHATEAU D’ESCLANS Whispering Angel 2015
Provence, France $18
Wine Spectator says “Offers a pure, racy feel, with a stony spine that holds the refreshing white cherry, white peach and rose water notes together. “

rose saveurs du temps

SAVEURS DU TEMPS Costieres de Nimes 2015
Southern Rhone, France $13
75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. Stony and slightly herbal with strawberry and hibiscus aromas. Bright and juicy flavors are orange toned, slightly creamy and strawberry filled with a hint of tannin and great balance.

Rose LaSpinetta

LA SPINETTA Il Rose di Casanova 2015
Piedmont, Italy $15
Vinous Media says “50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugnolo. Pale and bright orange color, lively aromas of redcurrant, strawberry and nectarine lifted by a floral quality. Taut and sharply focused, showing very good clarity to its tangy red fruit and tangerine flavors. Shows a spicy edge on the finish, which lingers with floral tenacity.”

rose canoe ridge

CANOE RIDGE Expedition Rosé 2015
Columbia Valley, Washington $15
64% Grenache, 23% Roussanne. Citrus and watermelon aromas lead to fresh strawberry and soft apricot flavors, zingy acidity and vibrant.

Cheers, Bob the WineGuy

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DID YOU KNOW? Prosecco is the fastest growing wine category in USA  for 2015.