Category Archives: Rose wine

Wine of the week: Château de Campuget rose 2012


Wine of the week:  Château de Campuget rose 2012The Wine Curmudgeon is putting his keyboard where his metrics are. If rose is really undergoing a resurgence, then this post should be a hit with visitors and not end up in the cyber-ether wasteland where most of my rose reviews go.

And why not? The Campuget ($10, purchased, 13%) is an exceptional rose, especially for the price, made with syrah from the Rhone region of France. Best yet, it’s the kind of wine you can drink all day during Thanksgiving — tasty, fresh, relatively low in alcohol, and something that will pair with almost anything the holiday dishes up (pun sort of intended).

This is a traditional French rose, which means a little cranberry fruit and that the wine is as dry as the proverbial martini. It was exactly what I was hoping for when I bought it. Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2014 $10 Hall of Fame.

Wine of the week: Domaine de Nizas Rose 2011

domaine_de_nizasLabor Day marks the end of summer, which traditionally means two things: One can’t wear straw hats anymore and one has to stop drinking rose. It’s a good thing the Wine Curmudgeon isn’t hung up on tradition. Because where I would be without my straw and my rose?

The Nizas ($10, purchased, 13.5%) is one more example of the general, all-around brilliance of rose. For one thing, it’s a previous vintage, and it’s still fresh and crisp and refreshing, something that’s not easy for cheap rose to do. Look for cranberry and raspberry fruit and a long, satisfying, fruity finish.This is another standout effort from an excellent producer from the south of France; serve chilled and drink on its own or with any Labor Day weekend festivity, from barbecue to picnic.

Speaking of which, I’ll be back at the annual Kerrville Labor Day music extravaganza this weekend, talking about Texas wine and plugging The Cheap Wine Book. Stop by and say hello if you’re there. I’ll be the curmudgeonly fellow with the straw hat.

Wine of the week: Bieler et Fils Rose 2012

Bieler-Rose-2012The United States would not be celebrating its 237th birthday this week without its French ally in the Revolutionary War, and especially without a French victory in a naval battle off Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in 1781. The latter made it possible for George Washington to force the British surrender at Yorktown that ended the war.

So what better way to celebrate The Fourth than with a French rose made by an American? The Bieler ($11, sample, 12.8%) comes from Charles Bieler and family, who shows up on the blog a lot for his cheap and extremely well-made wine. This one is no exception.

It’s from the Provence region, where some some of the best rose in France is made. It’s bone dry, but shows a little more fruit than usual (cherry and raspberry?). This is another indication of its quality, because the extra fruit doesn’t make the wine taste sweetish (an effect some producers go for to make the consumer think the wine is sweet). That’s because there is more than enough acidity for balance – what Bieler calls tension. When he makes the wine, he says he wants a balance between ripe grapes, to provide fruitiness, and unripe grapes, to provide acidity. He found it here.

Highly recommended. Serve chilled on its own or with any holiday barbecue or meal (and yes, that means red meat), from now through Thanksgiving.

More about Fourth of July wine:

Fourth of July wine 2013
Fourth of July wine 2012
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Memorial Day and rose 2013

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