During the summer in Europe, people head outdoors at the pubs and cafés and if they’re drinking wine, it’s a good bet they’re drinking rosé.
Here in the Cayman Islands, a land of eternal summer, rosé is the perfect wine for outdoor drinking. It’s served cold and depending on the wine, can offer bright summery aromas and flavours of strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, watermelon, rhubarb, lemonade, orange blossoms or rose petals. Put simply, rosé is like summer in a glass.
Most countries that produce wine also produce rosés, and rosés are made using a wide variety of red or black grapes. When it comes to style and elegance, however, the rosés from Provence in France are the epitome of summer. These pale pink Provence rosés are light-bodied, dry and crisp, making them perfect outdoor sippers or pairings for seafood dishes, summer salads and other light fare.
Another reason rosés are so popular is their price. They don’t require oak ageing — or any ageing at all — which helps producers keep the price lower. They’re bottled young and are generally made to be consumed young.
One notable Provence rosé known for its quality-to-price ratio is Pétale de Rose from Château la Tour de l’Evêque. It is made using a blend of eight organically grown grapes, with Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah comprising 90 per cent of the blend. The result is a surprisingly complex and structured rosé with a silky texture and flavours of spice to go with the summer fruits.
To help customers prepare for summer, West Indies Wine Company is offering Pétale de Rose for CI$18.99, a savings of $5 per bottle. It’s time to stock up!