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Summer Wines: Rosés (II)

In the previous post, we mentioned that there is a notable increase in the consumption of white wine with the arrival of summer. Something similar occurs with rosés, although these wines have unfairly been considered to be of a “lower quality”, particularly in Spain.

In fact, these wines are probably more difficult to make. In recent years, they have been well received abroad, which has led many wineries that had stopped making them to include them once more in their portfolio.

The ‘latest generation’ rosés are lighter in color, in many cases due to the incorporation of significant quantities of white grapes, as is the case of Viura Rioja, mainly with Tempranillo or Garnacha, in line with the traditional rosé wines of the higher area of Najerilla.

The Martínez Bujanda Family makes a Rosé that we can call traditional, Viña Bujanda 100% Tempranillo.  This wine is with a fruity nose, powerful aromas of strawberry and raspberry, a freshness that is extremely pleasant in the mouth, although it also has volume and above all, an embracing sweetness.

Fermentation at a low temperature maintains the natural acidity of the wine, which gives the impression of a certain ‘spark’ on the tip of the tongue during the first months of bottling;  highlighting its freshness.

Rosé wine, served chilled can be consumed at any time, particularly during this period of the year and can accompany almost any type of food: fish, pasta, rice, all types of Italian food, even white meat. In fact, there are occasions when we do not know which wine to serve to accompany a modern cuisine dish with Asian influences, a Rosé wine is bound to accompany it perfectly.

Talking about summer wines, we have mentioned white wines and rosés but nobody says that red wines are forbidden. In this case, red wine cannot be served at room temperature in summer, so if we ask for a red wine in a restaurant, we should not be shy and should ask for an ice bucket to cool it if the establishment does not have a temperature controlled cellar.  Young red wine can be chilled to 12 degrees and in the case of aged wines; they can be consumed at 14 or 15 degrees.  Our summer recommendation for red wine lovers is Cantos de Valpiedra (Rioja).

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