The DABC wine stores started blushing last spring, and Salt Lake somms began pushing the pink drink.
The Copper Onion’s winemeister Jimmy Santangelo features a special list of rosés all season long during his “Summer of Rosé,” a selection of rosé wines to go with the Onion’s warm-weather menu. Santangelo’s picks are mostly wines made by the saignée method (leaving the juice on the red skins to pick up their color) with a few made by coloring white wine with red wine. But none of them have the sweetness many Americans associate with what was called “blush” in the ‘80s. All the wines—from France, Italy, Napa and Sonoma—are dry and have the fruit friendliness and moderate alcohol levels that have made them a summertime favorite around the world.
Here’s the list; these are all special order, meaning the DABC in its wisdom has declined to put them on the shelves.
Jean Luc Colombo “Cape Bleue” Rosé, Provence, France, 2013. A pale pink blend of syrah and mourvedre.
Copain “Tous Ensemble” Rosé, Anderson Valley, 2013. Made from 100 percent pinot noir.
St. Supéry Estate, Napa Valley, 2013. A melange of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc and–oddly–petit verdot.
Binomio “Cerasuolo” d’Abruzzo Superiore, Italy. Made from 100 percent montepulciano, resulting in a pomegranate (cerasuolo) color.
Matthiasson, Napa Valley Rose, 2013. Grenache, syrah and mourvedre from single vineyards in Carneros and Napa.
Bedrock “Ode to Lulu” Ancient Vine, Sonoma Valley Rosé, 2013. From Morgan Peterson (Ravenswood’s Joel Peterson’s son), a mix of carignane, mourvedre and grenache.
Next door at Copper Commons, they’ll be serving rosé from the keg, like they do their red and white. 111 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-355-3282