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Tom Cannavan's rosé wines for the weekend

Fri 08 Jul 2011 16:36


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The weather this weekend may not be exactly what you'd be after this far in to summer, but wine expert Tom Cannavan still has plenty of rosé wines to give you that holiday feeling.

When selecting a bottle of rosé, you will often find that the depth of colour is a clue to what you will find in the bottle. The palest rosés with a peachy hue are invariably dry, delicate and more akin to a white wine style: perfect for fish and seafood. Darker, more crimsony-pink wines will normally be heavier, perhaps with a hint of sweetness, and suitable for richer foods like barbecued meats and Spanish paella.

Why not try these wines this weekend, whether it's picnic weather or not?

1. Les Crouzes, Old Vines Cinsault Rosé 2009, France, £5.19 at The Co-Operative

This rosé wine is similar to the delicate style found in Provence, but comes from just along the coast in the Languedoc. It has a zestiness and vibrant freshness about it, and a little creamy texture balances the dry, red fruit finish.

It would go excellent as a summer picnic wine, or if you are hosting a dinner party consider prawns as a starter.

2. Finest Malbec Rosé 2010, Argentina, £6.99 at Tesco

The colour of this rosé is deeper and the aromas very different. Although a hint of red berries is present, there is also a hint of pepper and even a grassy streak. In the mouth this has a bit of the tannins associated with red wines, and is a much chewier, more dense example.

This rosé is ideal for lighter curries and meat dishes.

3. Brown Brothers, Cienna Rosso, Australia, £9.99 at Waitrose, £7.49 until 19th July

This sparkling wine is much more red than rosé, but still a lot of fun. It is sweet, fizzy and slightly manic, and the palate has a wonderfully vibrant, punchy sweetness with huge fruit, good acidity to keep it fresh and a summer in the garden stamp of approval.

Although this wine is also ideal for picnics, you could always pair it with a chilli con carne or even sausage and mash.

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