Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
One of our simple rules of wine enjoyment: Hot weather calls for chilled rosés.
For the past three months, we’ve seen a number of 2014 rosés being released throughout the Pacific Northwest, and they are proving to be a harbinger of what is to come when we begin seeing 2014 reds a year from now.
With school out and temperatures rising, the next couple of months are perfect for enjoying a delicious and dry rosé from the Pacific Northwest. Keep two or three bottles in your fridge at all times just to be ready for an impromptu meal on the back deck.
Dry rosés are all the rage in the Northwest right now, and most are priced at $20 or less. They tend to pair beautifully with a wide range of cuisines, from seafood to spicy Asian dishes to grilled chicken to egg salad sandwiches.
Here are a few dry rosés we’ve tasted in the past couple of months that are well worth seeking at your favorite wine merchant or directly from the wineries.
Abacela 2014 Estate Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $18: Year after year, this Southern Oregon winery produces one of the West Coast’s most brilliant expressions of rosé and has helped promote the use of this Rhône variety as a pink in the process. Aromas of Rainier cherry, red currant, raspberry and strawberry taffy are backed by lime zest. The drink is bright, tasty, dry and rather delicate with flavors of white peach, pink strawberry and kiwi fruit.
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