Ros wine isnt just for summer! In this guest post, Certified Sommelier and Italian Wine Ambassador, Hugh Preece, shows us how to incorporate ros into our winter holiday celebrations. Photographs by Amanda Biddle.
Its the season where everything is merry and bright, and we cant think of a better way to feel brighter or merrier than to drink ros. If you thought ros was just a summer selection, think again. This wine spans a huge spectrum as red and whites do with variety in complexity, acidity, and boldness. Plus, its just fun holiday wines.
During big holiday meals, you likely have a red and white opened to please your guests. Even with a beautiful Nebbiolo or Bordeaux though, it can cover up the flavors of the food. For whites, you likely grab an oaky California Chardonnay, which can often be too acidic or full-bodied to be a perfect partner to the meal.
Ros wines complement many foods without overpowering including seafood, beef, vegetables, chicken, and the star of most holiday meals, the turkey.
On Christmas Day, nothing is finer than a lovely bit of ros wine, in the morning when you gather together to open gifts. Its great for serving when family finally arrives after a long journey.
Having a simple lunch before the big dinner? Make it more special with a bottle of ros wine and good conversation. There really is no wrong time for ros wines.
One of the most dizzying things about the holidays is all the guests and trying to appeal to everyones palate. You can go crazy popping behind the bar every time one of them needs a refill, serve a big bowl of help-yourself punch, or keep things classy and easy with a good bottle of ros.
Entertaining can lead to several bottles of red and white being opened at the same time, all losing their luster as they go unnoticed. With ros wine though, everyone will love it. Plus, you can make cocktails with it too, making it a versatile choice that lets you actually enjoy your own party.
Its the season of giving, and if there are people on your list you just arent sure what to get, ros wine makes a lovely gift thats sure to be enjoyed. If you know your boss enjoys wine but youre not sure which one, going with ros is a nice choice because its so hard to dislike. The bottles are very pretty too, which gives it a luxurious feel even though many of them are priced quite affordably.
Ready for ros wine? Get your glass ready and celebrate with good holiday cheer, responsibly as always!
Pico Maccario Barbera Lavignone Barbera dAsti from Piedmont, Italy. Playful aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, cranberry, fresh-cut grass, and river stone meet nose and palate. A refreshing, but modest, backbone of acidity supports a round mouth-feel and velvety texture. The dry and balanced finish leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed.
Botromagno Montepulciano/Nero di Troia blend Rose di Lulu from Puglia. Highly aromatic profile of this rosato, building a robust red berry and cherry profile. Expect more of a commanding structure and defined textural elements on the palate.
Gorghi Tondi Nero DAvola Palmares Extra Dry Sparkling Rose from Sicily. Aromas are Fresh and delicate, small fruits of the forest and freshly picked wild strawberries.Palate is intriguing, lively and well balanced, pleasing acidity and softness. This is perfect for kicking off the Holidays!
Hugh Preece is a Restaurant Owner (Salt Creek Grille, Pickled Monk, Lincoln Park Bar) and leader with over 30 years of restaurant management, community leadership, and philanthropic experience. An Italian Wine Ambassador Vinitaly Academy, Certified Sommelier, Wine Judge, and educator, Hugh has a passion for wine, food, and entertaining. Visit him on the Web at fermentedboss.com