Cultivate a bouquet of rosé wines from around the world, with a stroll through Whole Foods Rosé Garden, and celebrate the start of easy summer living. Whole Foods Markets throughout Southern California are currently offering a variety of high quality rosé wines, perfect for sipping and an excellent food partner.
Rosé wines can be made from almost any red grape varietal, from Pinot Noir to Syrah, Carignan to Cinsault, Grenache to Mourvedre, and usually a blend of several grapes, but can sometimes be found as a 100% varietal wine, such as Pinot Noir. They are seasonal beauties, sprouting at the start of warm weather, and are the perfect accompaniment for all summer foods: salads, grilled seafood and vegetables, barbecued meats, even spicy food does well with rosé. Dry, crisp rosés, served chilled, quench your thirst with a lower alcohol content and fresh fruit body, often with a touch of spice.
Traditionally, many rosé wines have come from the south of France, where it is a rite of summer to drink a glass of pink wine throughout the day, with or without meals. Their recent resurgence in US popularity, mostly due to clearing up the confusion between white Zinfandel (often a sweet blush wine) and true rosé, has winemakers across the world crafting their version of a summertime treat. Whole Foods has partnered with two quality Santa Barbara County wineries, Ampelos Cellars and Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery, to craft their own One Wine Label Rosés.
With One Wines, you get a high-end collaboration between fabulous local winemakers from southern California’s backyard and Whole Foods Market Team Members, who share the stories of what makes these winemakers special, as stated on each bottle “One Wine, Celebrating a Place, a Story, and the Fruits of our Labor”. Affordably priced, these wines embody the best of California’s climate, weather, and soil, distinct wines worth exploring.
The 2012 One Wine Hitching Post Central Coast Rosé is a revelation, a blend of 48% Valdiguie, 47% Grenache, and 5% Pinot Noir, barrel fermented and aged on its lees for a few months. Wow, great acidity, red fruit with a tang, bold black cherry, almost a savory note (a light yeasty highlight from the lees), it begs you to take one sip after another, until the glass is empty, and re-filled again! This is a unique wine, elegant and balanced, and load up your cart, it’s a great deal at $12.99.
The 2012 One Wine Ampelos Cellars Rosé channels mostly Syrah fruit into its warm and cool climate incarnations, and adds a splash of Riesling and Grenache for a rounder mouthfeel. This crisp, dry rosé offers up aromas and flavors of strawberry and watermelon, with a touch of lime sorbet. Ampelos Cellars is a small boutique winery, certified sustainable, organic, and biodynamic, and the purity of this vibrant wine is reflected in every sip. At $17.99, it is delightful, fragrant, with an herbal note, a great food wine, and a must for your summer drinking pleasure.
Consumers can pick between fourteen unique rosé wines from around the world that have blossomed in Whole Foods Rosé Garden, but don’t wait too long, as supply is limited.