What do you do when you get a text on a Sunday morning from friends that asks “What are you doing this afternoon? We’re having a 2:00 pm rosé tasting along with paella!”
Now what were you thinking? There is only one answer to this question. You say “Yes!,” of course.
My dear friends Susan and Jay are fellow wine lovers, travelers and francophiles. They are some of the most fun-loving people I know, and as Jay puts it, “the best last-minute friends you’ll ever have.” Me — I have always been a planner, and every year I resolve to be more spontaneous. So this Sunday invitation was a gift from heaven and there was no way I was turning it down.
Susan adores rosé and it is her wine selection of choice. I have been happy to see the popularity of rosé turn around in the United States in recent years and to have many more selections available now. A French rosé is much drier and not as sweet as the old pink wines at which connoisseurs would turn up their noses, and far more food friendly — plus, there’s nothing like a glass of chilled rosé when the weather turns warm. Today’s rosé offerings are as diverse in hue as they are in flavor.
A rosé can be made from any red grape varietal and from different countries. Some of my favorites are from Provence (surprise, surprise), a rosé-specializing region of France, where they are usually a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan grapes but can include Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. This article from epicurious isn’t recent, but it’s a fun read. And this Five Minute Guide to Rose Wine is a good backgrounder.
While Jay is definitely more a fan of French red wines, he loves Susan so much that he has a rosé tasting of the new releases each year so she can find her favorite to add to their cellar. Jay also loves to cook and always trying to perfect his paella, so how could anyone say no to both rosé AND paella?? Sign me up for the annual rosé tasting any day.
Great food, amazing wines, and treasured friends. For me, that’s what life is all about. Merci beaucoup, Susan and Jay, for an afternoon to remember. Santé!