The Fresh Choice Nelson Guest Bloggers are back! First article for 2016 from our “A” team comes from Neil Hodgson, and he’s talking Rosé.
When it comes to popularity rosé wines have been one of the fastest growing wine styles in recent years. Rosés are such a versatile wine style they suit almost any occasion; from pink sparkling wines to dry wines that need to be served with food to really come alive, or just a delicious wine to enjoy with lunch or pre-dinner, there is always a rosé to suit, and many can be found at Fresh Choice Nelson.
If we start at the fun end of the spectrum there are plenty of sweeter rosés packed with strawberries and cream characters; normally made from Pinot Noir grapes that have been very lightly pressed so there is minimal colour extracted from the skins of the grapes, these are delightful when served chilled and enjoyed over lunch. You can buy these from as little as $15 a bottle, but the better ones have a recommended retail price of around $22, just look for them on special at the moment at Fresh Choice Nelson.
Rosé sparkling wines and Champagne still fit the fun category but are a little bit more serious and tend to be slightly drier in style than the strawberries and cream style versions. Sparkling rosés are perfect for summer celebrations like weddings and birthday parties.
If you want something to enjoy with a meal then look for a drier style rosé, maybe something made using Merlot grapes or from Pinot Noir using a little more skin contact so they will be darker in colour, and skin tannins are extracted too making the wine drier in style and perfect with food.
One I have been enjoying this summer is the 2015 Invivo Sophie’s Rosé that Fresh Choice Nelson has on promotion for $15.99, (a saving of $5). It is dark red plum in colour and packed with rich, spiced strawberry flavours, dry in style it is wonderful with anything cooked on the barbecue but especially good quality beef sausages or lamb chops, which by the way you’ll also find at Fresh Choice Nelson!