Join us on Saturday, June 22 for a tasting of some of our most thirst-quenching and mouth-watering rosés. Il fait soif! Saturday, June 22nd 3:30 - 5:30 pm $18(plus tax) Flight of four wines Complimentary crostini duo Bartavelle’s kitchen will be open during the tasting!
Only 2% of Beaujolais production is rosé. That makes the Thivin Rosé one of the world’s rarest $21.00 bottles of wine. Separate from this trivial fact, Thivin makes one damn enjoyable rosé. Sourced from the pink granite terroir of Brouilly, this rosé is simply delicious, with good grip and notes of summery red berries.
We’ve all had the experience at a concert or show where the headliner is out-done by the opening act. Often it’s a revelation and we find something new that we weren’t expecting. No surprise that it’s a Breton wine I have in mind when thinking of this. Their rosé really is, well, something else.The bubble is a mere accent rather than an emphasis, and sweeter cherry flavors finish with a fine lemon cut. Versatile is not an adequate way to describe this wine that carries itself from apéritif through dessert. Try irresistible.
Angéline, Floureto, Faustine—these are a few of the daughters of vignerons whose names appear on bottles we import. After selling a wine for many years, putting a name to a face is exciting, and we had just that opportunity when Faustine Abbatucci interned with us for the past three months. Perhaps you had the chance to chat with her in our retail shop. Connecting with producers always brings out insights that just can’t come across when simply tasting a bottle. As the French are wont to do, Faustine was quick to correct my French, making sure I knew how to pronounce Corsican grape varieties. Faustine’s rosé is mostly Sciaccarellu, pronounced chya-ca-ray-loo. Please call our shop and ask any salesperson to say this to you so you can hear it for yourself. I hope you pick up a bottle or case of her rosé, too—it’s nearly too easy to drink, with an ethereal quality and what we’ve come to know as classic Corsican characteristics: rosemary and thyme aromatics with a hint of mouth-watering salinity.
Surrounded by storied red wine districts like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, and Lirac, Tavel is the only AOC in the southern Rhône dedicated entirely to rosé production. And what a rosé it is! Famously lauded by Ernest Hemingway, who declared it his favorite wine, and a staple on the table of at least two French kings, Tavel takes its pink wine seriously. Unlike many rosés, which use second-class fruit not deemed suitable for reds, the raw material here is picked exclusively for the purpose of creating a top-class rosé. Guillaume Demoulin, a fourth-generation vigneron, crafts Trinquevedel’s Tavel—a blend dominated by Grenache—by way of a skin maceration at cold temperature lasting up to two days, depending on the vintage. This process draws out aromatics of wild strawberry and thyme, while achieving a seductive deep pink color. Delightful with a bowl of olives in the summer, this no-nonsense rosé also has the structure to stand up to anything off the barbecue.
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