Rosé is for serious wine drinkers too

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NOT SO BASIC: Rosé wines have as much variation of color and taste as any other type of wine. Photo by Will Crooks

The social media rampant phrase “rosé all day,” often seen scrawled in scripty font on T-shirts, travel mugs, and neon lights, and marketed to young women of barely-legal drinking age might be killing the rosé mood for the serious wine drinkers.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to, because right now the Greenville market is ripe with an interesting rosé for every palate and price point.

And the perception of rosé as a low-quality, cheap poolside wine suitable only for a certain demographic is wildly misleading.

Take The Community Tap’s popular Rosé Social tasting held in early May each year. While most of the ticket holders are women in the millennial to mid-40’s age range, they aren’t there to guzzle cheap pink drink. They take and compare notes and buy bottles post-event that they most enjoy, regardless of price point, and treat the sampling of 16 wines like any other wine tasting, not simply a free-for-all.


Rosé

IS NOT

Simply red and white wine blended to make the lighter shade, although those types exist.

IS

A wine made from white flesh of red grapes that incorporates only some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine.


 

Shawn Paul, wine operations director at Foxcroft Wine Co., says the rosé stigma is unwarranted because the further back you go in wine history, more and more red wines will look pale colored like what we now call rosé.

Most importantly, whether you’re a seasoned oenophile looking to satisfy a specific palate, or a casual drinker wanting to share a refreshing bottle with friends on the front porch, there’s a rosé for you.

From five local wine experts, here’s a list of some of their favorite rosés categorized by price and uniqueness to look for on retail shelves and in restaurants around the Greenville area. (Availability and prices subject to change).

The experts: Lauren Andree with Curated Selections; Shawn Paul, wine operations director at Foxcroft Wine Co.; Ed Buffington, co-owner The Community Tap; Matt Tebbetts with Mission Grape; Sandy Merlino, wine manager at WineXpress.

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photo by Will Crooks / Greenville Journal

THE VALUE BUY ($11-16)

2018 Zoe Rosé (Peloponnese, Greece)
Where to find it: Golden Brown & Delicious and TR Tasting Room

Brunn (Austrian) 1 liter 
Where to find it: Foxcroft Wine Co.

2018 Anne Pichon Gris Montagne
Where to find it: The Community Tap

Day Owl Rosé
Where to find it: WineXpress


THE SPLURGE ($25-65)

Lelarge-Pugeot Brut Rosé Champagne
Where to find it: Foxcroft Wine Co.

Domaine la Suffrene Bandol Rosé
Where to find it: The Community Tap

Pierre Paillard Les Terres Roses
Where to find it: The Community Tap

2018 Poe Rosé 
Where to find it: Red’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine

Scribe Rosé
Where to find it: GB&D, WineXpress, and The Community Tap


THE UNIQUE ONE ($13-19)

Jelu Rosé de Malbec San Juan “Zonda Valley” 2015 (darker red color)
Where to find it: The Community Tap

Cicada Song (Community Tap collaboration with Pilippe Bourgeois)
Where to find it: The Community Tap

Anna de Codorniu Brut Rosé (Spanish, dark pink color)
Where to find it: WineXpress

Pullus Pinot Grigio (an orange wine that is similar to a rosé)
Where to find it: Foxcroft Wine Co.

2017 Kir- Yianni Akakies Sparkling Rosé (small production, Greek)
Where to find it: The Lazy Goat and Red’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine


THE HIDDEN GEM ($16-25)

2017 J. Brix “Uncontainable” Rosé of Cinsault
Where to find it: GB&D and Red’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine

Domaine Jousset Éxilé Rosé Pet-Nat 2016
Where to find it: GB&D and The Community Tap

Rootdown Rosé of Mourvèdre
Where to find it: The Community Tap

Clos Cibonne – Tibouren Tradition Rose 2016
Where to find it: Foxcroft Wine Co.

LOLA Rosé
Where to find it: WineXpress


Upcoming Rosé Events

Joe’s Place

Blind Date with a Rosé Tasting
May 29 7-8:30 p.m.
$15 three wines and food pairing
Reservations are required
Call 864-558-0828

Stella’s Southern Brasserie

Rosé Wine Tasting
June 6, 6-8 p.m.
$25 includes paired small bites
Call 864-626-6900

Foxcroft Wine Co. 

Mega Rosé Tasting
June 22 from 1-4 p.m.
$30 in advance / $35 at the door
Call 864-906-4200
foxcroftwine.com/Greenville

Rosé All Day Tasting with The Wine Coach (euphoria event)
Sept. 21, 1-2 p.m.
$40
euphoriagreenville.com

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