National Rosé Day is on Saturday, June 12, 2021. A wonderful excuse to drink rosé all day! And just in time for this special day, Prosecco has arrived in the United States. Just last year, the Italian government approved Prosecco Rosé as an official wine category. Prior to that this Italian sparkling rosé wine was just that – rosé sparkling wine. According to The Wall Street Journal, this rosé sparkling wine must meet certain criteria to be labeled Prosecco Rosé: They must be made from at least 85% Glera (the Prosecco grape), with Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir) accounting for the rest. It must be produced in the Charmat method which means there is a secondary fermentation (to produce the effervescence in the wine) in a tank for 60 days.
One of my favorite Prosecco Rosé is Riondo. Looking for fun summer sparkling cocktails? Recipes for Limoncello Spritz, Blackberry Mojito and Watermelon Lemonade Prosecco Sprizter can be found on the Riondo website.
Mionetto Prosecco Rosé was greeted with much fanfare in the United States because Mionetto Rosé Sparkling Wine has long been a favorite on this side of the pond.
Summertime is the perfect time to sip Vinho Verde Rosé. From Portugal, Vinho Verde wines are known as “green wines” with lots of fruity flavors and a tiny bit of effervescence that makes for easy sipping. The region where these grapes are grown is along the Atlantic Coast of Spain known as the “Costa Verde or “Green Coast”.
Refreshing effervescence. Vinho Verde has a bit of fizz which is always fun. ~ white or rosé. “It’s an adult soft drink.” Crisp and dry while showing great fruit quality. A wonderful spritz makes it so refreshing. Goes down so easy that one bottle just won’t do. $10 range.
Enjoy Rosé made in Virginia on National Rosé Day! Flying Fox Vineyard is located in the Monticello, Virginia. Flying Fox Rosé is a lively and refreshing dry wine with flavors of soft red fruit and a hint of almond. Produced from Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. Available on-line and your favorite local wine shop. $20 range.
Cotes des Roses. Perfect for end of summer sippin’ because it is so nice and light. A grenache/cinsault/syrah rosé blend. $15 range. Very fresh with notes of strawberries, peaches and rose petals. I love this bottle…the base of which is cast into the impression of a full rose flower. Available on-line and at your favorite grocery stores/local wine shops. $17 range.
Happy National Rosé Day!
Southern Spoonful Recipe Column ~ The Roanoker Magazine
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