The Daily Croissant Rosé Roundup
Spring, a season marked by the Easter, new flora, rain, and a sense of renewal; it also marks a change in wine drinking habits. Heavy lush reds are put to the side while easy drinking whites begin to take the stage. But in recent years rosé has taken the wine world by storm. Walk into any wine shop and the first thing you might see are shelves full of rosé. I have steered pretty clear of the craze, seeing it as just a fad. Interestingly though, I think that I need to take these easy drinking wines a little bit more seriously because they seem to be here to stay.
Needless to say, we are huge wine fans here at The Daily Croissant! Therefore we have decided to do a roundup of some rosés that we have tried over the past few weeks. We have taken wines from France, California and yes, even Long Island to give you a glimpse of what you may be missing out, if you are skeptical like I once was.
For today’s roundup we will skip the likes of Whispering Angel and Miraval, two heavyweights of the rosé world and instead focus on some lesser known labels. We are always looking for wines that are good bargains while delivering the goods. So today we will be taking a look at MiMi en Provence and Commanderie de la Bargemone from Provence, Cupcake from California and Wölffer Estate from Long Island.
MiMi en Provenvence (Provence $12): First let me get this out of the way. This is my favorite rosé of the bunch. I don’t go for lush fruit bombs, instead focusing on crisp, dry, tart and the not too sweet. This lovely rosé checks off all the boxes and there will probably be a bottle of this wine in my fridge through the warm weather months.
Commanderie de la Bargemone (Provence $14): Once you get past the ugly label you will be met with notes of melon, strawberries and currant followed by a bone dry finish. If you like your wine with a floral character, then this is the wine for you.
Cupcake (California $10): I actually rolled my eyes when I saw that Cupcake had rolled out a rosé. I have never taken this label seriously due to the fact that they seem to focus on quantity over quality. But a friend convinced me to give it a try and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! Like the MiMi, this rosé is dry crisp and tart with hints of strawberry and an almost effervescent like quality.
Wölffer Estate (Long Island $17): Curiously the most expensive rosé of the bunch comes from Long Island. What?! Unfortunately this was the least favorite of the bunch for me. Not because it is bad, but rather because it was the fruitier of the bunch. But if you like your wine semi sweet, with notes of peach and a smooth character, then this bottle is for you. I hope to make a trip out to the vineyard out on the Island this summer on a few recommendations and I promise to do a write-up for the blog in the future!
With the rosé varietal exploding in popularity, I recommend that you give these a try. You never know, you just may find a favorite among them!
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