The Rise of American Rosé

Posted by | Posted in White's Wines | Posted on 04-02-2013

As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.

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My latest column, which explains why pink wine is the perfect accompaniment to summer — and applauds American vintners for taking rosé as seriously as their Old World counterparts — went out this morning.

The Rise of American Rosé

For the past three decades, wine enthusiasts have shuddered when presented with American rosé. 

The reason? Domestic rosé has long been associated with the cheap, sweet “blush” wines that became popular in the 1980s, like Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel. While these wines will always have fans, they’re quite different from the dry, refreshing Old World rosés that oenophiles crave when the weather warms. 

In recent years, however, American vintners have started to produce rosés that can easily rival the Old World’s best offerings. With summer just around the corner, these wines are worth exploring — and stocking up on. 

Check out the rest of the piece on Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine.

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