A friend once told me that she considers drinking rosé in the winter akin to wearing white shoes after Labor Day. But fashion rules are meant to be broken, and if Coco Chanel was fine with wearing white in the winter, what’s wrong with sipping a cheerful glass of rosé on a dreary January day? In fact, I’m absolutely thrilled that some retailers, including Dierbergs, have begun to offer dry rosés throughout the year. Below are two different styles from California.
Chateau St. Jean 2016 Bijou Rosé California
Bought • Dierbergs, 9901 Manchester Road, in December for $11.49
Description • This elegant rosé is a real charmer. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren, who was aiming at a wine that wasn’t overly fruity, created this very interesting blend made mostly from barbera grapes. It also has pinot noir, merlot, grenache with touches of riesling and marsanne. The result is a fresh, delicious and delicate rosé that tastes of red berries and citrus. It’s a great aperitif wine or can be enjoyed with seafood and other lighter fare.
Castle Rock 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Mendocino County
Bought • Dierbergs, 9901 Manchester Road, in December for $10.99
Description • The Castle Rock Rosé, which received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast, is a bigger-bodied rosé and closer in style to a red wine. A very flavorful rosé with noticeable tannins, it was made through the saignée method of soaking fresh crushed grapes overnight and then bleeding off free-run juice first thing the next day. This wine combines red berry flavors along with zesty citrus and bakery spices. It would go well with fish and pasta.