Rosé – What’s all the hype?

Rosé – that blush hued, not white, not red wine that has had a reputation of being syrupy sweet and something that wine novices drank to look fancy, has made a comeback – and in all the right ways.

Rosé can be traced as far back to Greece in 600 B.C. when Greek traders came to France to found the city of Marseilles, then made its way to Rome and finally to Provence. Provence, France is the region most famous for producing high quality rosé wine, dry in nature and with a salmon-esque hue, which comes from the juice being left in contact with the skin of grape for a short period of time.

Over time, rosé became increasingly popular in North America and the UK and was produced to be sweet to please the palettes of wine novices, and therefore became synonymous with low quality.

In more recent years, a resurgence of rosé as it was meant to be, has come from winemakers looking to improve the quality and the reputation by reverting to classical techniques used to match the higher quality wines found in Provence.

The popularity of rosé has been exponential and the phrase, “rose all day” can be heard wherever you turn these days, but it’s for a reason. The versatile, typically low alcohol beverage can be enjoyed with just about any meal or on its own, poolside, at a polo game, in your living room, just about anywhere you like.

Jamie Slone Wines has just released their 2017 vintage of rosé, simply called, “Jamie” and is made from 100% Grenache grapes. This wine is evocative of the most beautiful rosés from Provence and is sourced from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County. This high quality rosé is structured, has a finessed mouth feel and that beautiful pale pink color we all know and love. Jamie rosé will leave you feeling like you are on a beach in the South of France, enjoying the high life. Rosé all day!    

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