Why You Should Give Rose Wine A Chance

Fermented grape expert, Tom Harrow, on why the pink stuff isn't just for teenage girls 

You’re an open minded, forward-thinking, 21st-century type of man. But would you order a rosé at the bar?

Thought not.

That most unfairly maligned of wines, rosé is frequently dismissed by otherwise reasonable individuals. In reality, it’s a drink with much to offer.

"It does take confidence and panache to pull off the pink", says Tom Harrow, an industry expert, consultant and online presence under the alias WineChap. “Here are some recommendations for keeping the blush in your glass, not on your cheeks.”

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1 | 2012 Chateau Miraval

“The ‘Brangelina’ rosé, it’s a Wine Spectator top-scorer. Owned by Hollywood's golden couple, the previous vintage sold out in five hours. Get hold of a bottle and you should be tickled pink.”

bbr.com £21

2 | Lezcano Lacalle 2012 Docetañidos Clarete

 

 

“This Spanish rosé has a colour like arterial blood crossed with vodka plus a Mexican hitmen-sounding name. It’s fleshy, creamy, juicy and best well-chilled and guzzled with barbecued chicken.”  

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winechap.com £12

3 | Jordan 2013 Chameleon Rosé

“While European winemakers fear deer nibbling leaves, their South African counterparts are more concerned with leopards eating the pickers. This powerful but nuanced merlot/syrah blend from top producer Jordan just happens to be pink. ‘You have a problem with that bru?’”

oxfordwine.co.uk £11

4 | Elena Walch 2012 Schiava


“For those who just can't bring themselves to drink pink, this lightest of reds from Italy's lederhosen-wearing South Tyroleans might just turn you to the blush side. The grape translates as ‘slave’ but shows impressive feistiness: spicy and herbal, it looks more like a red wine, shot by someone twatting about with Instagram vintage filters.”

winechap.com £15

5 | 2012 Commanderie de Peyrassol


“Owned first by the bloodthirsty Knights Templar, and then the even more staunch Knights of Malta, this Provencal estate makes a refreshingly crisp drop ideal for quenching one’s thirst after a hard day chopping up infidels and burying the Holy Grail.”

majestic.co.uk £12

 

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