Favorite All-Purpose Wine: Rosé
"Rosé captures the new vintage's youthfulness," says Steven W. Alexander of Chicago's Spiaggia, who has provided all-rosé pairings for one of the restaurant's tasting menus.
- Pinot Noir-based Rosé can be depended on to deliver good quality with soft, easy characteristics of plums, spice and an array of savoury fruits.
- Sangiovese typically produces drier styles of Rosé, with savoury cherry flavours.
- Cabernet Rosés offer bright berry flavours, often with a leafy, herby edge.
- Grenache-based Rosé has emerged; these wines tend to be sweeter, fuller and offer a vast array of berry based fruit flavours.
Rosé by the Glass
"Rosé is the most versatile wine," notes Andrey Ivanov of Brasserie by Niche in St. Louis. "Our chef says we must have a rosé by the glass, or something terrible will happen."
When the weather cools, Courtney Bissonnette from Coppa in Boston turns to heavier rosés made with the Mencàa grape: "This wine showed me I can drink rosé all year."