It is most definitely Rosé season here at the Bevie. We’d be cool with a declaration of permanent Rosé season, but with the weather making a happy turn for the balmy, this is definitely the time to break out the pink wines, and we’ve got you covered.
From Provence to Piedmont, Santa Barbara to Stellenbosch, Tupungato to Tavel, Beaujolais to Barnard, stop in to do a little vine globetrotting and try something fresh, be it from around the corner, or around the world!
We’re crushing on a newly-landed rosé from Slovenia! Named after the winemaker’s grandmother, Cuvee Anna is ripe with aromas of wild berries, strawberries, melons and peaches. On the palate, it’s bright and fruity with a lively, refreshing finish. We had it on a recent warm day with some grilled chicken and a goat cheese salad and it was *perfect*
Blend: 50% Žametna črnina, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Grigio, 10% Blaufrankisch (Fun fact: Žametna črnina is the oldest-known grape varietal in the world (at 375-400 years old) and it’s traditionally planted in Slovenia). Aged for 3 months on fine lees.
You’re probably not familiar with the varietal that makes up the majority of the wine but don’t let that deter you – this is a Provence-style rosé that will make you wonder how it’s not from Provence!
This wine is produced in small quantities and not a lot makes it to us in Vermont, so pick up a few and stash them for those hot days (they’re coming, we promise).
ABOUT GÖNC WINERY
Gönc is a family tradition going back to the year 1936, when winemaker Peter Gene’s great grandfather built a wine cellar and planted a vineyard around it in the small town of Dobrovnik in Slovenia. After World War II, Peter’s grandfather moved to the city of Ptuj and started working in the Ptujska Klet winery as a cellar cleaner. He worked his way up to head winemaker and CEO of the oldest winery in Slovenia (now know as Pullus).
Peter’s father worked at the same winery but on the side, he planted 24 acres of vineyards in Dobrovnik to keep up the family tradition (they now have 28 acres total). When Peter came of age they built a new cellar in Ptuj and started Gönc again. Peter is the 4th generation of winemakers and winegrowers in the family.
60 Days of Rosé #16 | Joseph Mellot | Sincérité | Pinot Noir Rosé | Loire Valley | $14.99
When you think of the Loire Valley in eastern France, you don’t instantly think of Pinot Noir, your mind usually thinks of the predominant Sauvignon Blanc (there are many other varietals, of course).
Vivid and refreshing, this Pinot Noir Rosé has a brightness on the palate, and a crisp, proportionate grapefruit note.
Thai food, crispy chicken, grilled summer squash, fresh sheep or goats milk cheese are all great pairings for this lively Loire vin.
Beyond the bottle, the Joseph Mellot family has 500 years of history behind them and are keeping up with responsible, modern practices that include being the first domaine in the Centre Loire region to obtain ISO 14001 certification.
Only a few cases of Sincérité make their way to Vermont and at $14.99, they don’t last long – just like a Vermont summer.
VINE GROWING Making good wines begins in the vineyard, working in harmony with the terroir to draw out its best.
The Joseph Mellot vineyards are managed according to principles of:
Sustainable pest control: prolonged observation of vine plots and climatic conditions and the implementation of environmentally responsible treatment programmes which take into consideration the real risk of disease development.
Yield management: systematic vine-pruning, disbudding, crop thinning if necessary and shoot thinning.
Vine plot traceability: all plots are monitored by computer to ensure complete traceability in production.
HARVESTING From the beginning of September or even late August, grape samples are taken regularly to monitor levels of maturity. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and sorted carefully to ensure that the juice is of the best quality. Each plot is harvested and vinified separately, with the grape harvest lasting approximately a fortnight (14 days).
LOIRE VALLEY The Loire Valley is the third largest wine-growing region in France. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site from Chalonnes-sur-Loire by the Atlantic coast to Sully-sur-Loire in the Centre, the Loire Valley offers exceptional land for viticulture and is a textbook example of a region with diverse terroirs. Seventy four appellations make up the mosaic of Loire Valley wines from Nantes to Sancerre, most of which are situated along the River Loire.
60 Days of Rosé #14 | Teutonic Wine Company | Pinot Noir Rosé | Laurel Vineyard – Chehalem Mountains | $18.99
Teutonic wines, and the people who make them have been a favorite over here at the Bevie.
Barnaby and friends don’t just delight us with post-Burlington-Food-&-Wine-Festival-shenanigans, their superb vino is also a treat.
They make German-style wines in Oregon which our Vermont palates can appreciate, and are pretty active in Chittenden County, despite being on the other side of the county.
You may remember their Jazz Odyssey being the official wine of the Winooski Jazz Festival last year, (wine feature) and for those who go to the Burlington Food & Wine Festival each year, there is no way you missed them.
The 2017 Teutonic Pinot Noir Rosé is a treat. If you need a break from super high toned wines, the restrained acidity and mild vividness in this rosé is nicely proportionate with light strawberry notes and a gorgeous hue.
This is the wine to kick back with and enjoy with a creemee. Feta (or a variety of fresh sheep or goat milk cheese), fresh berry salad, crispy pork, rice pudding, are other supurb parings.
Teutonic Pinot Noir Rosé is limited, grab yours while you can!
Teutonic Wine Company is a small-production winery that strives to make the finest German-style wines in Oregon. The climate in Germany’s Mosel region, famed for producing some of the world’s finest Rieslings, is ideal because of its cooler growing climate which allows the fruit to hang longer on the vines without over ripening. A longer hang time gives the fruit more time to pull up complex flavors from the soil. Therefore, the vineyard sites, Teutonic sources its fruit in Oregon are located in cooler areas and at higher elevations. They only work with dry-farmed vineyards (non-irrigated farms) so that the roots grow deep into the earth, drilling through many layers of soil strata, absorbing the various mineral components from the terroir.
OUR WINES ARE FOOD FRIENDLY.
Wine should always complement food. The Teutonic house style is represented by wines that are lower in alcohol (typically 9% to 12% alcohol by volume), and higher in acidity. Wines with this profile are more elegant, have greater nuance and pair well with many foods. Only neutral barrels are used so the flavor of oak will not be found in our wines which can overpower some delicate flavors in certain dishes.
LOCAL TO OREGON AND BUILDING A BRIDGE TO EUROPE.
Every year, Teutonic Wine Company ventures to the Mosel Valley for winemaking consultation and to taste new vintages for importing. We only select and import premium quality hand-crafted wines from traditional small-estate wineries. These Mosel wines represent the true essence of terroir that Teutonic wines strive to accomplish in our own wines. Having strong relationships with German producers provides a way to share winemaking techniques that are specific to the Mosel. Teutonic Wine Company also leases a vineyard in the Himmelreich vineyard in the Middle Mosel Valley that was planted in 1955. The wines are made by a local winzer (winemaker) in Zeltinger-Rachtig and imported to the US.
Yields are severely limited by both pruning and green harvest, even for the grapes that go into the Nouveau
Grapes are harvested manually and vinified without SO2
Wines are fermented naturally
Rosé made by direct press
Full malolactic fermentation
Vinfied and aged in stainless steel tank
Aged for 3 months before bottling
Domaine de la Prébende –
Domaine de la Prébende Domaine de la Prébende produces a deeply mineral Beaujolais from a predominantly clay and limestone terroir, a rarity in a region dominated by granite soils. “Une prébende” essentially means “a tax,” and the domaine sits on the location where monks used to collect taxes from the villagers. As Ghislaine Dupeuble puts it, “Monks didn’t like to own low end vineyards!”
The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation.
The wines of Dupeuble represent some of the best values in the Beaujolais today and are widely regarded for their very high quality and eminently reasonable price.
In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Anna’s son Paul, and her grand children Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine. Kermit first met Ghislaine and Stéphane’s father, Damien, for lunch in Paris in the late 1980s, and thus began the annual tradition of blending the KLWM Beaujolais Nouveau.
Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of one hundred hectares, about forty percent of which is consecrated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily to Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil.
60 Days of Rosé #13 | 90 Plus Cellars | Côtes de Provence Rosé | $12.99
Treat yourself this summer with the refreshing and craveable 90 Plus Cellars Côtes de Provence Rosé! From the Le Haut Var of Provence in southern France, comes this classic rosé blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah.
No corkscrew required to dive into this bottle of deliciousness – lift out the glass stopper and you’re ready to enjoy the refreshing liquid delights of southern France!
For more than 2,500 years humans have been cultivating grapes and making pale, pink (i.e. Rosé) wine in the sundrenched, windswept vineyards of Provence. This is the Rosé center of the world.
Winemaking & Vineyards
A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grown in Le Haut Var of Provence, France. The mountains and forest cool the vineyards in this warm Mediterranean climate, preserving the acidity and freshness while also allowing the grape’s flavors to develop fully.
A powerful bouquet of red fruits and stawberries are tied together with wild flowers, stone fruit and minerality. A highly aromatic wine, bursting with freshness.
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