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A few weeks ago provided a first look at some of the newly released local rosés and, well considering that the summer solstice has now officially arrived, it’s fair to say that pink wine remains top-of-mind.
Not to mention a top choice to pour into the wineglass.
Thus this week it’s Part 2: rosé a go-go with a peek at three international bottles offering diverse, summer-ready options:
Fish Hoek 2021 Cinsault Rosé, South Africa ($11.99 on sale until July 1, No. 56633)
Fish Hoek is a seaside town and valley on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. It’s also the name of a Western Cape-based winery.
Their Cinsault Rosé certainly captures the spirit of cheery, outdoorsy vibes thanks to its bright light pink with orange highlights colour, vivacious citrus peel and red fruit aromas, plus an easygoing, fruity and off-dry stance.
The wine is produced from Fairtrade certified and traded Cinsault grapes in order to work toward sustainable livelihoods, safe working conditions and environmental protection of workers.
It’s fruity, straightforward and makes an easy partner for charcuterie picnics and takeout buckets of fried chicken.
Bottom line: B. Full-on summer vibes.
Quinta da Calçada N/V LAGO Vinho Verde Rosé, Portugal ($14.99, No. 34411)
This bracing, light salmon pink-coloured rosé is made entirely from Vinhão (a.k.a. Sezão), which is the most planted red grape variety in Portugal’s northwestern Vinho Verde region yet remains little known outside the Iberian Peninsula.
The grape’s refreshing acidity is certainly present in LAGO, which comes across quite tart and zesty after initial strawberry and mineral notes.
A slight effervescence nicely counters the wine’s fruity, off-dry tones, which taken all together makes this a simple and zippy, patio perfect rosé ready to tackle most mid-week meals — ideally matched with something rich or greasy so the wine’s acidity can cut through.
Bottom line: B-. Zesty pink.
Solis Lumen 2021 Rosé, France ($19.99, available at select private wine stores)
Close your eyes and picture the quintessential romantic rosé setting.
Did the south of France jump to mind? Perhaps sitting on a patio, basking in some filtered sun, ideally amid the breeze and views of the Mediterranean?
Open your eyes and peer at the label of the new-to-shelves’ Solis Lumen and the transportation is complete. The scene is literally plastered right there on the bottle.
Once in the glass, this sunset-coloured, classic southern French blend of Grenache and Cinsault (80/20 split) wafts red fruit and citrus.
It’s an approachable, fresh yet smooth style overall made for patios, friends and fresh grilled seafood — preferably at the same time.
Bottom line: A-. Pair with summer dreaming.
The Swirl: Squamish Beer Festival
The annual Squamish Beer Festival returns to the Loggers Sports Grounds (39555 Loggers Lane, Squamish) on Saturday, June 24.
Taking place from 1-7 p.m., the festival features more than 50 breweries and cideries pouring 120-plus craft products.
Tickets are $45 (plus taxes and fees) and include an official souvenir tasting glass, fun lawn games and four tasting tokens to start (there’s also a $60 combo ticket that gets eight additional tasting tokens).
For complete details and tickets go to squamishbeerfestival.com/.
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