So summer is a great time for white wines. I particularly like blush wines also known as rose wines. Although they often have a bad reputation as being sweet thanks to White Zinfandels of the late 1980’s, however I have no problem being a blush wine apologist.
Blush or Rose wines especially from France or other parts of Europe have a more crisp finish than one might expect due to a slightly longer maceration process. The longer contact with the skins not only gives the wine a pinkish to rose hue but also tends to give the wine more structure and often a dryer finish. Blush wines can be slightly sweet to bone dry, light straw pink to almost cherry red color, and fuller bodied to light.
Tonight I tried Coteaux Varois en Provence. As the name suggests it is a French wine from Provence which is known for blush wines. On the nose it has an herbaceous tangerine essence a little soft and unimpressive on the front of the palate with a crisp but has a lingering finish. This wine pared well with my vermicelli pomodoro.
I purchased this wine from TJ’s for $4.99. It’s not earth shattering but a nice summer wine for the price.