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Must-Have Rosés

The Dinner Party

Casa-Dea Estates Winery 2009 Caberet Franc Rosé

Prince Edward County, Ontario $16.95
Entirely crafted from Casa-Dea’s Cold Creek farm, this is a pretty wine from all angles. Bridal-shower pink in colour, with attractive summertime fruit and desirable County minerality, this is a bright and charming wine. (AA)

Fielding Estate Winery 2010 Rosé

Niagara Peninsula $15.95
A successful co-fermentation of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir, this desirable pink wine has serious character as well as an engaging juicy core of fruit. Its harmony and structure make it an ideal food wine, but it’s equally well suited to being the wine you sip as you prepare dinner. (CW)

La Vielle Ferme 2009 Côtes du Ventoux Rosé

Rhône Valley, France $10.95 (622134)
This enjoyable French rosé enjoys good distribution as a year-round selection on the Earls Restaurant wine list, albeit demand tends to see supplies depleted during the warm weather months. The new vintage offers pleasing juicy berry fruit in a refreshingly dry package. (CW)

Malivoire Wine Co. 2010 Ladybug Rosé

Niagara Peninsula $15.95 (559088)
The 2010 Ladybug Rosé doesn’t disappoint. Brightly coloured with expressive strawberry notes on the nose and palate, this also reveals excellent Cabernet Franc character throughout. Dry with great texture and a deep earthiness that makes it a great match for food, this will transport you to the rolling greenery of Tavel, or at least to your backyard barbecue. (AA)

Marqués de Cáceres 2010 Rosado

Rioja, Spain $12.95 (622142)
Made with Tempranillo and Grenache, this is a serious pink wine makes the most of its pleasing strawberry and vibrant citrus notes. It’s balanced enough to enjoy on its own, but has the right stuff to match with a wide variety of summer salads and grilled white meat entrées. (CW)

Ravine Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Rosé

St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula $18
Time in oak barrels has added more complexity and interest to this appealing dry rosé. A new release, the wine’s brightness and savoury notes make it a surefire food wine that will work with a wide assortment of dishes. (CW)

Masi 2010 Modello delle Venezie Rosado

Italy $10.95 (587725)
The Italian character of this dry wine shines through. It has a great mix of freshness and fruit, with obvious tart red fruit notes and vibrant acidity. This style might be too austere for some to enjoy alone, but that zesty personality works amazingly well with food. (CW)

The Picnic Table

Baillie Grohman Estate Winery 2009 Blanc de Noirs

British Columbia $19.99
Pleasant aromas and a candied fruit component make this is a great option for the patio or picnic table. Made from 100 percent Pinot Noir, this juicy rosé will please a wide variety of palates. (CW)

Inniskillin Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario $14.95
This Pinot Noir rosé offers up a deeper flushed colour and a terrific punch of flavours. With bright acidity and great spice alongside sweeter watermelon and sweet tart candy notes, this has loads of personality. (AA)

Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2010 Patio Passion Rosé

British Columbia $18
The fanciful name, Patio Passion, is a good introduction to this generous and juicy rosé. Its strawberry/rhubarb pie flavour offers a true taste of summer, while a refreshing vein of acidity keeps things focused right through to the lingering finish. (CW)

Viña Cono Sur 2010 Carmenère Rosé

Colchagua Valley, Chile $11.95
Winemaker Derek Barnett’s Rieslings are typically restrained in their youth. Tradition has it that they sell out just as the wine starts to truly hit its stride. The 2009 Riesling is a different breed. This delivers a mix of peach and tangy citrus fruit on the palate with an appealing fruit cocktail aroma. It’s delicious from the get-go. laileyvineyard.com

Douglas Green Wines 2010 The Beach House Rosé

Western Cape, South Africa $9.95 (164343)
Made from 100 percent Pinotage, South Africa’s signature variety, this bottle is a steal at less than $10. Soft peach, cotton candy and red fruit on the nose follow through the palate with a strawberries and cream personality. With a zip of acidity on the finish that begs for another glass, this is a great value wine to have in stock for summertime visitors. (AA)

Featherstone Vineyards 2010 Rosé

Portugal $8.95 (125757)
Vibrantly coloured and flavoured, this is a zippy little wine. Plenty of red fruit like strawberries, raspberries and cherries are on the nose and palate, with undertones of more tropical fruit. A refreshing acidity makes this a perfect patio wine. (AA)

Sogrape Gazela Rosé

Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula $18.95
A slight spritz on the palate helps to focus the fruity character of this juicy, off-dry rosé that’s produced from a mix of native Portuguese grape varieties. Its dark colour doesn’t accurately convey the lighthearted personality of the wine. (CW)

The Festive Occasion

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery Cuvée Catherine Rosé Brut

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario $29.95 (217505)
This is a more serious sparkling from Ontario. Blush in colour with fantastic cherry notes throughout, this has a great light mouth feel and is made in a dry style. Well balanced with some more complex floral, nutty and earth notes. (AA)

JoieFarm Rosé

Okanagan Valley $21 (426551)
This Pinot Noir-dominant rosé is often considered the class of B.C. pink wines. Made in a seriously mouthwatering style, this expressive wine presents an invigorating mix of tart red fruit that’s balanced nicely by an underlying sweet fruit component that makes this the best yet from Joie. (CW)

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne, France $99.95 (158550)
Made with 100 percent Pinot Noir, Laurent-Perrier Rosé is known for its distinctive bottle as much as its focused, crisp style. Well-made rosé Champagne always offers generous berry notes, which this offers in abundance on the nose the palate. (CW)

Quails’ Gate Winery 2010 Rose

Okanagan Valley $14.99 (170316)
This is a solid rosé, made from 90 percent Gamay Noir and 10 percent Pinot Noir grapes. Ripe berries with a subtle smoky note are found on the nose while a creamy palate is refreshed by acidity on the finish. This is a must-have while nibbling your way through a lazy afternoon. (AA)

De Bortoli Wines Emeri Pink Moscato

Australia $14.95 (222190)
This is grab a case for the morning of your wedding event sparkling. It’s Sunday brunch bubbly. It is especially a keep on hand for unexpected guests or as a hostess gift wine. It’s got a sweet floral nose, with lychee, honey and strawberries on the palate and just enough acidity to keep everyone on track. While it’s not the most complex wine on the market, it is balanced and has a lush mouthfeel that will have those enjoying it thinking you spent much more. (AA)

Southbrook Vineyards 2010 Connect Rosé

Niagara Peninsula $18.95
Southbrook’s Connect label is all about organic wines with all the enjoyablity and none of the attitude. This delivers in spades. Loads of berries, fresh green apple and pear enhance the nose, while a lush texture and pleasant finish wrap things up nicely. (AA)

Yellowglen Pink Sparkling

Australia $11.95 (015867)
As pretty as a peach with stone fruit notes to match, this is a solid value sparkling. Pleasant foamy bubbles with a tuity-fruity nose and refreshing tartness make this a fun and energetic fizz. (AA)


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