Wine of the Month – May.
Whispering Angel Rose, the perfect drink to start off your Memorial Day Weekend and great for the grilling season. This is an excellent Cotes De Provence Rose from the quality vineyards of Château d’esclans, located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty-five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. Château d’esclans objective is to obtain only the best quality grapes and wines, and have created relationships with the local grape growers, committed to Caves d’esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as their own.
To add to the popularity of this wine, Frosé or frozen Rosé, has emerged as the “Trend Setting “drink of the summer, appearing on cocktail menus across the world. If you have a blender and ice cubes you can easily make Frosé, from a combination of Strawberries, Rose Wine, and Grenadine, not forgetting a shot of premium Vodka this makes a sort of an adult “Slushy”.
Here comes the Sommelier stuff: When winemakers want to create a Rose wine they need to allow more Tannin and color into the process, some of the pink juice from the grape must can be removed at an early stage in what is known as the Saignée or bleeding. The red wine remaining in the casks is intensified because of the bleeding and the grape must in the maceration becomes more concentrated. The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce Rosé, of which the Whispering Angel Rose is refreshing, refined, and with plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit, cherry, jasmine and pear blossom accents.
What do we like about Whispering Angel Rose: This is a drink for anytime, but amazing on a hot summer day when you can imagine yourself lounging on the deck of a yacht anchored on the Côte d’Azur. Rose has now been elevated from the position of being the choice of the inexperienced drinker who cannot decide between Red or White, so plunks for Rose. It is now out on its own as a premier choice of the connoisseur.
Whispering Angel Rose is currently available at Whole Foods Markets, Total Wine & More and Publix, please check your local store for availability.