Wine: Go Green With An Amber Rosé
By Kay Pfaltz
Literally. After the color explosion of flowering fruit trees in March and the flowers of April, the month of May, while gentle and soft, often presents us a landscape of monochromatic green. Paint your own May colors and let your paint brush be a beautiful chilled bottle of amber rosé, the quintessential picnic wine. Going green in May means picnicking outdoors amongst the green. It can also mean going green for the environment with:
Monte Bernardi’s, Fuori Strada Sangiovese, 2011 – which comes in a one-liter Tetra Pak not a glass bottle, 75% of which is paper, a renewable and recyclable resource. Tetra Pak cartons use 54% less energy, create 80% less greenhouse gasses, and produce 60% less solid waste compared to 750ml glass bottles. Tetra Paks are unbreakable and light to transport, making them the perfect picnic companions. The wine itself is 100% organic and tastes authentically Italian with character and personality. Classic Sangiovese notes of cherry, plum, spice and, if you close your eyes, you can even taste the Tuscan earth. $14
Lovingston Rosé, Josie’s Knoll, 2011 – Riaan Roussow, winemaker at Lovingston Winery, has that magic touch. His wines are not only excellent, they’re unlike anything I’ve tried before—a compliment in my world. This rosé is dark cherry, almost the color of red and more like a Spanish Rosado. Grapes are hand-picked, double sorted, and small-lot-fermented using gravity flow. Liquid fruit notes of dried cranberry and dried cherry. $14
Veritas, Rosé, 2011 – Another great winemaker right here in our backyard is award-winning Emily Pelton of Veritas. This rosé is a beautiful blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc with cherry and raspberry on the nose. And Emily finds it, “Bright fresh, very food friendly, it is everything a young rosé should be.” I find it refreshing, delicious, smooth and just enough color to add to all this lovely green. $16
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