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Life is Rosé for wine expert Tom Cannavan

Thu 09 Jul 2009 17:17


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Rosé wine has become really popular over the last few years, and is perfect for during the summer months.

Some people make the mistake of thinking that Rosé is a blend of white and red grapes. In fact, a very small percentage of Rosé wines are, and it’s actually illegal in Europe to make this type of wine that way.

Rosé is basically a light red wine. The juices of grapes run clear, so to make red wine, the skins of red grapes are kept on during the fermentation process. For Rosé wine, the skins are only kept on for a few hours, then removed, and the juices continue to be fermented without the skins.

This type of wine used to be considered a bit naff, but over the last few years Rosé has becomes very popular, and the quality has really increased.

Wine expert, Tom Cannavan, gives us his top Rosé picks:

1. Kaituna Hills Rosé 2008, priced at £6.99 at M&S (but £4.66 until August 2)
This deep red Rosé, from New Zealand, has a hint of sweetness, so is easy to drink, and has flavours of strawberries, grass, nettles, cream, lemon and spices.
The grape used in this wine is Pinot Noir, giving it the taste of a lighter red wine.
It’s perfect with fish such as salmon or tuna steaks, as well as tapas and ratatouille.

2. Château de la Galinière Rosé 2008, France, priced at £9.99 at Wine Rack (but buy 3 and price falls to £6.66)
This French wine is dry, crisp and light, and has hints of pomegranates, redcurrants, pink grapefruit, lemon rind, and spices.
The wine is made from a blend Syrah and Grenache grapes, and originates from Provence, the home of great Rosé wines.
This wine is best drunk any seafood, particularly grilled prawns with lots of garlic, but also roasted vegetables such as aubergines, courgettes and red onions.

3. Griffith Park’s Sparkling Rosé, Australia, priced at £6.99 at Asda and Morrisons (but on special offer at Asda priced at £5 until July 14 and £4.99 at Morrisons until July 12)
This wine is made from a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a dash of Shiraz grapes for colour, and tastes of cherries, strawberries, peaches and lemons.
This sparkling wine has the seal of approval - it was the cheapest in its class to win a medal at the International Wine Challenge.
Drink it with carpaccio of beef or venison, or with Chinese or Thai food.

To find out more about Tom Cannavan and wine, visit his wine page by clicking here


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