Going Beyond the Pink Persuasion: 2010 Dry Rosé Lineup

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Red Wine, by jessicamelling on Flicr

(Note: Pink Patio Party at John Holly’s Bistro on June 1st 5-730p! $15 gets you apps, sushi and over 15 kinds of rose! Call now to make a reservation. Spots are being taken fast! )

Have we done it? Have we finally convinced you that rosé is not for sissies? Have we changed your point of view and demonstrated that pink wine is even for manly men? That it is not sweet and cloying? Have you undone the night terrors of your college days when your body woke you in a sweat, rejecting such labels as Boone Farms and Sutter Home—the jugs of which your mom and her friends put down with ease? Have you finally forgiven the wine industry for that phase and learned to trust that what you are getting now is dry, fresh,  interesting pink wine (except for dark lower corners of the store where you still might find White Zin… just back away and ask for help!)?

Well, that’s swell. Because this summer, we are rolling out more rosé than my store (Little’s Wine & Spirits) has ever seen! Now, all you have to do is decide: what kind of rosé are you? Or, better yet, what kind of mood are you in on any given sunny afternoon. At last, people realize (or at least our customers) that pink is posh. Therefore, there can now be variety!


Feeling bubbly?

Gruet Rosé ($16)— Nothing new here. These $16 bubbles are a great standby for any celebration or random afternoon. Made with 100% Pinot Noir, this sparkling from New Mexico is floral and beaming red fruits!

Allimant Laugner Cremant ($23)— This will always be a favorite here and therefore will never leave its worn wooden seat on our shelves. Made like Champagne but in the mountains of Alsace, smaller beaded bubbles and complex flavors make this a most elegant choice!

Marc Hebrart 1er Cru Champagne ($47)—Because once in a while you just have to splurge! But when you do, do it right. This is what I had to ring in the New Year—my top pick of 2010! 100% grower, meaning that this what raised by the farmer from bitty seed to bottling. That’s actually unusual for Champagne where 70% of the wine is made by negociants (ie Veuve Cliquot) who only own 10% of the land here.

Arndorfer Festival ($12)—Everyday’s a party at this price. Solid Pinot Noir turned sparkling, this is a sensational value if you’re looking for some afternoon delight!

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde ($10)—I bet you thought this was only white! Luckily it’s not. A frizzante of sorts, this is not a full-blown sparkler. Effervescent, fresh and zippy, this cherry-driven rosé sees a hint of mint and a slight vegetal note on the finish. Given a hot day, you may want a straw!

glass of rosé near the Panthéon

glass of rosé near the Panthéon, by andreas on Flickr

Feeling Classic?

Nothing is more classic than Provence. This is the motherland of rosé—all you will see in the glasses of the French come summertime. They, in fact, consume more pink than white in any given year! A traditional Provencal rosé is characterized by a very pale pink hue and hushed aromas of strawberry, citrus peel and minerals of the Mediterranean. It is light, thirst-quenching and crisp. A perfect complement to salad, seafood and goat cheese.

2010 Bielier Pere et Fils ($12)—A summer standby, this $12 rosé is oft anticipated by many each and ever year. Named after his daughter Sabine who saw its first vintage in her own first vintage.

2010 Triennes Rosé ($17)—A gorgeous, complex sipper to pass a warm, quiet day. Brought to you by the revered Burgundian producer Dujac, who has a soft spot for the south of France and therefore began this project.

2010 Andre Andrieux Rose ($14)–Simply stunning, traditional package, this pink resides within the curvy bodice of a bottle. Soft spoken and subtle, its charm will win you over in seconds.


Feeling Unconventonal?

2000 Lopez de Heredia Rosé ($28)–Check out the vintage on that! This is for the uber geeks. The die-hard fans. This is a rose that actually sees about 4 years and oak as well as bottle age. From one of the most traditional Spanish producers of our time, Lopez will blow your mind with this one. Just when you thought you’ve had’em all…

2009 Point Concepcion ($17)—A very obscure Pinot Grigio that  celebrates its names sake (Grigio means gray), by showing its true colors. Many people are unaware that this is what most Pinot Grigio would look like if it sat in its skins. It smells briny, salty…almost like olives or the sea. This would be ideal with spicy food!

2010 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare ($16)—One thing’s for sure, the winemaker Randall Graham is one unconventional man. Playing in the dirt with Rhone varietals before they were cool in Cali, Graham has been at the forefront of pushing the envelope with viti/vini-culture. This is an unusually old world style new world pink. Great balance and geek factor going on here.

Glass of rose wine.

Glass of rose wine., by lollaping on Flickr

Feeling…like a Red Wine?

2009/10 Buil & Gine Rosat ($18)—Priorat is fast becoming one of the most sought after regions in Spain for  its big, bold reds, but what of the rosés? I have to say, this is one of the few that has seen American soil. It wears a rich, garnet hue—a deep colored rosé for heftier fare like bbq.

2010 Mi Terruno Malbec ($11)—Yes, you all probably know Malbec by now, my fastest selling varietal in the shop. But have you had it pinkified? A juicy blast of fruit is what you’ll find here. Fun, funky and easy to love…a little too much.

And there’s more! Here’s a sneak peak of what else is hanging out on the shelves…

-2010 Domaine de la Fouquette Provencal Rosé ($17)

-2010 Domaine de Lanzac Tavel ($16)

-NV Scarpetta Rose bubbles ($23)

-2010 Chateau Helene Corbieres ($14)

-2010 Domaine du Grand Chemin Gris ($11)

-2010 Patton Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé ($20)

-2010 GC PINK! ($17)

Stop on by and we’d be happy to walk you through all the options. It’s no longer ‘do you like dry rosé?’, rather ‘what are you in the mood for?’, for they all have such different personalities and purposes.


About Ashley Hausman

Originally from Wisconsin, Ashley moved to Colorado to hike and climb mountains as soon as she had a B.A. in hand. Quickly she learned, she needed to find a career. So she went back to grad school to get her PhD in English & American Literature, beginning with a Masters at New York University. A few long papers, a thesis and a masters degree later, she found wine was not only an incredible way to enhance Derridean studies, but it had its own story to tell: of regions, soils, cultures and farming. While Woolf still had her heart, Burgundy was creeping in… She decided to postpone the PhD and go for the plunge. Now, she manages Little’s Wine & Spirits near the University of Denver. She orders by day, sips and tells all in her blog by night, and runs private wine parties in between in addition to giving advice on cellar building, wine vacations and food pairing. It’s a passion that grows only more complex with every passing vintage.