NAVIGATING THE SEA OF PINK – The best rosés to try this summer
Andy Rose, owner of independent wine merchants, Grand Cru Co in Beckenham (and well named for this feature), captains your tour of the best rosés to try this summer.
“If you’re looking for something new and exciting to drink with a barbecue or picnic in the coming months then going pink could be the way forward. If it’s not normally your thing, why not give it a go. The right rosé paired with the right food can be a refreshing revelation.
While some rosé styles are quite distinct, there are others where I find it helpful to think of the nearest parallel in terms of white or red wine for a pairing.
It is also generally thought of as a summer or warm weather wine but there are now rosés for almost every type of food and occasion.
Here’s a round-up of the matches that I think work best.”
Light dry rosés
Good examples include most Provençal rosés, Pinot Noir based rosés from Burgundy and the Loire, and some Italian rosato.
The nearest equivalents to this style of rosé are crisp dry white wines such as Pinot Grigio and they’ll go with similar food: principally light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, and especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goats’ cheeses.
Perfect hot weather drinking.
- Chicken with Herbes de Provence
- Salad nicoise with barbecue Salmon
Best example to try : Miraval Cote de Provences rosè 2014 at £17.95 (Grand Cru Co)
Light off-dry rosés
Good examples include Loire and traditional Portuguese rosés with a touch of sweetness, such as some Italian rosés.
Partly a question of taste but if you prefer this style to the one above, you can drink it with similar foods, though it will probably be more successful with salads than raw fish. It can be very good with mildly spiced curries and rice dishes.
Try: A mano rosato 2015 at £9.50 (Grand Cru Co). Pair with:
- Brochettes of Melon, Parma ham and fresh mozzarella
- Fruity Cous cous salad
Or try Barone Ricasoli Albia £9.50 (Grand Cru Co). Pair with:
- Layered pasta with fried eggplants tomato sauce and parmesan
Medium-bodied dry rosés
For example try Southern French (Languedoc-Roussillion and Bordeaux) and Spanish rosés from Rioja and Navarra.
This is a hugely versatile style that will stand up to big flavours such as anchovy, olives, garlic, saffron and Pimentón. A good wine for barbecue dishes such as grilled chicken, fish or lamb with herbs. It is also great with rustic pâtés and terrines, other charcuterie hams and goat’s and sheep’s cheese.
Try: Puech-Haut Saint-Drézéry 2015 at £13.95 (Grand Cru Co) paired with:
- Lime-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Avocado Salsa
- Barbecued leg of lamb with mint dressing
And Chateau de Sours 2014 at £9.50 (Grand Cru Co) paired with :
- A charcuterie platter
- Couscous garnished with fish
- Seafood bisque
This covers a range of styles from dry to medium dry. Lighter, drier ones make ideal party drinking, sweeter ones could be poured at a tea party with cakes or fruit tarts.
Try: Rosato Spumante Cà Morlin Brut NV at £12.95 (Grand Cru Co) paired with:
- Grilled barbecued strong fish such as cod with a mint and chili oil
- Tuna Kebabs with a Ginger-Chili Marinade
Again there’s a variation in style between lighter and more full-bodied ones. Lighter styles suit canapés and the type of foods mentioned for the sparkling rosés above, more substantial vintage rosé Champagne can take on grilled lobster and grilled and roast rare lamb or game like pigeon, pheasant or grouse.
Try: André Clouet Rosè Brut champagne NV at £29.95 (Grand Cru Co) paired with:
- Grilled Lobster Tail with herbed butter
- Sea bass with garlic butter wrapped in cooking foil and placed on barbecue
For more information on Grand Cru Co and our wines please visit www.grandcruco.com or do come into the shop and say hello at:
9 Kelsey Park Road
At Grand Cru Co, we sell wine by the bottle or case (including mixed cases) as well as magnums and larger bottles, which are great for celebrations and gifts. Prices start at £8.50 a bottle with free local delivery on cases. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to chat about the wine and there is always a selection open to sample. The shop also runs private tasting events.