Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

"A Rose is a Rose is a Rose" - Gertrude Stein (no relation) said that! Today, I'm referring to pink wine. I must admit that I don't care for Cold Duck, or White Zinfandel, or White Merlot, for that matter, but I do dearly love Rose(Rose-ay)from Provence and the Rhone Valley. 'Tis the season and the French Rose will be arriving from Robert Kacher Selections in the Seattle market this coming week. Charles Neal and Kermit Lynch bring in interesting french roses, too. Not to be left behind, the Northwest produces some marvelous Roses. Chinook Cabernet Franc Rose is a perennial Washington favorite and in 2005 Sagelands produced a magnificent Rose from a blend of grapes yielding a wine with fresh, vigorous, complex flavors. This year, too, Penner Ash in Oregon produced a great, richly flavored Rose from Pinot Noir called Roseo. The arrival of Rose signals that summer should arrive here in the Northwest sometime soon. At least we are not suffering the extended deluge they have back east. A Nor'easter is a Nor'easter is a Nor'easter, but in June? Global warming is global warming is global warming, so eat, drink, and be merry this summer.

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