Rosé is serious

With winter a distant memory and spring quickly turning into summer, you’ll notice more rosé in the store.  I am a self-proclaimed rosé freak, and therefore I always buy plenty of it for the store.  Rosé consumption and production is on the rise as people realize its potential.  Depending on the style, it can pair with just about any summer fare and will stand up just as well if not better than any of your favorite white or red wines.  Rosé works well in the heat and pairs indiscriminately with the wide range of foods we enjoy indoors and out (particularly out).

Over the past few years I’ve increasingly bought more rosé–and not just from Provence, but also places like the Languedoc, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Italy (both north and south), Spain, Portugal, South Africa…the list goes on.  In France alone, production of rosé accounts for over a quarter of total wine produced (26%) which is a good deal more than white production (at around 17%).  Production and quality have increased, so it’s only a matter of time before the style captures the full attention of all wine amateurs.

But why is it not taken more seriously now and by all?  How much more will the derisive attitude towards this wonderful style of wine continue?  When will it find its rightful place and no longer be considered some sort of enological half-breed?  I’m not sure, but I believe it’s on the way to being accepted as serious wine. Continue reading Rosé is serious

What’s wrong with sticking to your guns?

One of the biggest misconceptions of our times is, newer is always better. In my line of work, along with most lines of work, this is both true and false.  Not everyone is capable of change, and in some cases there are those who are resistant to it. But there are those who also accept it and follow the tides. Either way a decision has to be made whether the outcome is good or bad.  What I don’t agree with is someone just giving in and letting the “tail wag the dog.”  This has been the case in wine for quite some time, and I’m going to speak out about it.

In 1982, Bordeaux had what some would say is one of their best vintages ever. Around that time a man by the name of Robert Parker would hit the wine scene and be one of the most influential spokes persons for the 1982 Bordeaux.  Needless to say, he was right about the vintage and the great wines that were produced from it, and from that point on the rest, as they say, became history. Continue reading What’s wrong with sticking to your guns?