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Get Your Rosé On With 17 Blush Wines from France and Italy!
May 14, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Many wine-lovers scoff at rosé wines. They're too simple, too sweet, too easy, too pink. I say that these blush-wine naysayers simply haven't drunk the right rosé--and I'm willing to challenge you with today's offer of seventeen beautiful rosé, rosato, and blush bottles, both still and sparkling. Just as white wines range from lush and buttery to mineral-laden and sharp, and just as red wines can stretch from big and meaty to aristocratic and balletic, so too can rosé wines be light as gossamer, steely as a steak knife, bright as a May day, or juicy as a sun-warmed strawberry.

In these seventeen beautiful blush bottles, there's at least one that will please even the most hardcore rosé killjoy--and there are many wines that will bring a smile to the face of those of us who gleefully, even proudly, hold our glasses of rosé high and drink deep. Yesterday was Mother's Day, and Memorial Day is just around the corner. There's no time like right now to open your new favorite rosé and toast to all the colors of the wine rainbow. There's a lot to love, if you open your heart, your mind and your mouth!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Seventeen Beautiful, Brilliant Blush Wines
2. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Per Linda Cerasuolo 2015 750ml
Per Linda Cerasuolo 2015 750ml
Price: $12.99

Offering a vibrant cherry hue, this wine bursts with succulent vine-ripened blackberries, crisp orchard fruits, dew-laden roses and crushed saline minerals; it’s a treat for the senses! A gentle but persistent acidity complements the fruit-forward flavors of this ’15 Cerasuolo, and cheek-piquing minerals linger on the finish, making this charming wine very food-friendly. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled steel for about two weeks, and the wine ages in stainless steel for six months before bottling. Cerasuolo, the Abbruzzese word for "rosé," shows us how delicious and practical a blush wine made from the Montepulciano grape can be; pair it with classic fish dishes of the Adriatic, as well as pizza and tomato-based pastas. more info
Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2016 750ml
Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2016 750ml
Price: $18.99

Brambly wild berries, citrus zest, rose petals and crushed river rocks burst from the glass in this food-friendly, luscious ’16 Rosé. Full yet energetic, this wine whooshes across the palate, but it lingers with a satisfying mouth-feel that marries electric acidity with its fleshy finish. A blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault grown in clay and limestone soils, this wine ferments in stainless steel tanks, and it ages in a combination of 20% used barrels and 80% tank. It’s a classic mineral-driven rosé that complements a wide array of foods, yet it also drinks beautifully on its own. more info
Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Price: $23.99

More intense than your average rosé, Graci’s ’17 Etna Rosato puts its succulent blackberries and crisp red fruits front and center, framed by bracing saline minerals, fresh-cut herbs, blood orange and a touch of spice. This is a full-bodied rosato that balances its dry extract with its penetrating acidity and elegant minerality as it builds to a thrumming, savory finish. This wine is an ideal accompaniment to eggplant caponata, sharp cheeses, lamb pasta or spicy meatballs--it’s delicious! A mono-varietal Nerello Mascalese grown organically in a five-acre stony, sandy vineyard located on the slopes of a volcano, the grapes for this wine enjoy a soft press before fermenting in cement tanks; the wine ages for 18 months in cement tanks, followed by two months in bottle before release. more info