Archive for Rose
I have been a HUGE fan of winemaking maverick Van Williamson for quite some time, starting with his tenure at the Edmeades helm. In addition to his wildly rustic, interesting Zin beasts he produced starting with the 1994 vintage, Van also made a string of fabulous, wild yeast fermented, intriguing, well textured Chardonnay (1994 thru 2000); masculine, provocative Pinot Noir (1994 thru 2000), which REALLY got better with some bottle age; hedonistic, black, murky, eccentric Petite Sirah, which were remarkably light on their feet & well textured; AND a few vintages of terrific, thought provoking Syrah. As I have said in the past, it is so hard to find a winemaker who masterfully crafts one grape variety well, much less 4, as in this case. Yes, the wines were NOT your normal wines, BUT they each had VERY interesting character & wonderful balance!
Brachetto is a grape variety grown in the Piemontese region of northwest Italy. Over the years, I have tasted only a few still red versions, none of which were anything really to write home about.
My first eye opening experience with this grape variety was tasting a Brachetto d’Acqui….which today is a DOCG. I found this fruity, slightly sweet & fizzy red frizzante wine (which can also be made in varying degrees of sweetness & bubble strength),which when made well can be an absolutely delicious, remarkably light, carefree & delightful, thirstquenching & completely refreshing, lower alcohol, RED wine, especially when served well chilled.
Why is it that many of the top restaurants across the country serve 1 or 2 rose wines by the glass? Probably because they marry so well with the food.
The challenge then becomes finding the good ones and then training your staff how to sell them.
Yes, finding good rose is really hard……but let me tell you first hand…..it is easier today then it has ever been. Thankfully, more & more winemakers understand “if you want a good rose, you have to set out to make a good rose”.