OUR RECOMMENDED SELECTION OF TEXAS ROSÉS, A CRISP DRINK PERFECT FOR A HOT SUMMER DAY.
Some of the world’s greatest rosé’s come from warm weather climates such as Southern France, Spain, and Italy. Considering Texas has had great success with many of the grapes that hail from these regions, we found a few wineries in the state who produce rosé wines in similar European styles. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with a group of seven Austin sommeliers for a little Texas Rosé Roundup. I asked self-proclaimed rosé enthusiast Nathan Prater, advanced sommelier and wine director for the Driskill Grill and Hotel, to lead us through this experimental tasting.
“What I love so much about rosé is that it’s one of the great universal pairing wines regardless of where it comes from. It works with a variety of foods,” Prater said. “And all the great wine producing countries make fantastic rosés including France from the Rhone, Provence and Languedoc regions as well as Spain and Italy. It’s a wine that begins its life as a red and moves into a white wine and takes on the best characteristics of both.”
We tasted five Texas rosés against three from the south of France. All are made with grape varietals that do well in both regions: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. (A couple of Texas wines also had blends with Tempranillo and Sangiovese.)
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