BC’s winter-worthy rose wines

You know the magic in the air.  It’s the darkest time of the year, and we’re eating big meals – what better wine pairing than a style of rose which is developing in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys reminiscent of Tavel.

Rose?  Really?  If that’s what you’re thinking consider there are more styles of rose than the koolaid-sweet-cooler-type patio sipper we enjoy in July.  Our winter-worthy rose is fruity, yet dry. Crisp, yet juicy.  Herbal at times.  It has some gentle tannins, ripe fruit aromas and enough acidity to pair up with fatty foie, pate, gravy and stuffing…

Think of these wines like red wine for white wine lovers. So pleasing and easy.

We’ve been looking for this rose in each tasting room – in fact, we look for it everywhere we tour in BC cause it’s so versatile & lovely a wine style to have on hand when entertaining.  Think of these wines like red wine for white wine lovers.  So pleasing and easy.

Our top 4 picks are Forgotten Hill – Merlot / Pinot Rose, Gehringer Bros – Cabernet Franc Rose, Culmina – Saignee – Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec Rose & Liber Farm – Merlot Rose.  Bottles range from $15-25.  Pair with your fatty first course.

We know these wines are sold out.  They are the first wines we typically source each season as they are immensely popular and the dry styles harder to find.  Typically by the end of July the tastiest BC rose wines are no more to be found at tasting rooms across the province. We snap them up quick, thirsty to taste them.  The point of this post isn’t to tempt – but to highlight 4 quality producers making outstanding BC rose wine.  Be sure to check them out this coming vintage & bring home your wines for next holiday season.

There are lots of producers in BC making this wine style. Here’s what to look for:

– moderate level of alcohol – but higher than 11% – sweeter wines typically have lower alcohols and are sweet due to the natural sugar in the grapes

– pale colour – less skin contact means wines lower in tannin

– the word “dry”

– wines from a warm area in the province : Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley – these areas are able to ripen more of the big red varietals (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc…that make excellent rose wine)


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