Are you looking for wines that say “be mine” to your special Valentine? It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and here are some wines that speak to that special person in your life in the language of love. For many, rosés are wines to be served in the summer months, but growing numbers of wine lovers are drinking them year-round.
We love them for their color – from pale to deep and brilliant tones of pink – and for the fruity pleasures they deliver. Many come from very old wineries, reflecting a long tradition of making elegant wines.
So on Valentine’s Day, share them with your friends and loved ones to celebrate. Here are some you will want to try:
• Valdo Rose Brut Marca Oro – The wines of the Valdo Biadene area carry evocative aromatic notes of vineyards in the Prosecco D.O.C. area. This winery began in 1926 and in 1944, was sold to The Ballo Family. The building was a monastery dating all the way back to the Roman era. This rose is made from a blend of two Italian grapes – a Sicilian blackberry Nerello Mascalese and Giera, both from areas with clay and limestone soil and alluvial clay.
The wine is scarlet with an elegant nose of raspberry and tiny bubbles. It is 12% ABV.
• From Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) comes this lovely Viña Los Vascos Rosé 2015 from Chile’s Casablanco Valley. The combination of Lafite tradition and the Chilean terroir produces elegant wines and this one is no exception thanks to a rainy winter and dry summer that produced exceptionally high quality grapes – small, deeply colored and with excellent tannins. The estate grown grapes yield a nose of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and pomegranate. It’s 13.99 suggested retail price and 13.5% ABV.
• Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel AOC 2014 is produced by The Richard Family, with Chateau La Nerthe in a former 12th century abbey in France’s Southern Rhone Valley and the wines were certified organic in 1998. Full bodied and balanced, it offers aromas of fresh red berries and ripe peaches. The 2014 vintner’s vintage is bright pink and richly flavored with red berry fruit and is composed of 55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 13% Clairette, and 2% others, including Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Bourbelenc. Suggested retail price is $23.99.
• Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from an Alsatian winery producing since 1425. Grapes are hand picked and go into a pneumatic press
Serve as an aperitif or with fruit desserts. It’s made in the traditional manner, is 12% ABV and retails for $21.99
All are available from Pasternak Wine Imports.