No one lifts an eyebrow when a woman drinks a pink wine. But when you see a man sipping pink wine in public, you can rest assured he’s got a lot of self-confidence. And, chances are, he knows a lot about wine. He knows, for example, that rosé wines have a long and respected history…and that they’re only occasionally sweet. We’d say this man is a sophisticated wine drinker.
So, if rosés are so sophisticated, why do so many American wine drinkers snicker at them? The short answer is that their reputation was severely damaged by the simple, sweet versions we all started out with. Baby Boomers drank a fair share of Mateus and Lancers from their distinctive bottles. Gen Xers quaffed boxes of White Zinfandel. It’s no surprise that those early experiences left a lasting impression.
But rosés are back in a big way. They can range in color from pale salmon pink to light ruby. And, while they’re all made from red grape varieties, the grape of choice will vary: Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Gamay, Malbec, Merlot, Tempranillo…and on and on.
We’re so enamored with our pink wines that we’re opening several bottles a week. But who’s counting! In addition to offering crisp refreshment on hot summer days, rosés are a good match for the summer salads we’ve been eating.
Several years ago we discovered a rosé of Malbec from Argentina that we particularly liked because of its relative spiciness compared to other rosés. It’s called Crios. It’s made by a well-respected winemaker, Susana Balbo, who’s known as the “Evita of Wine.” She’s got devoted fans around the world…and a taste of her Malbec rosé will give you a hint why.
Barbara and Beverly