Think pink – a bumper crop of rosé this year
on 27/05/13 at 10:01 amWine
“Is there really that much rosé?”
Yes. Yes, there is.
“Are you going to taste all of that?”
Quite a lot of it, in fact.
“Why so much?”
Why indeed, dear reader? In recent weeks, our tasting coordinator and her desk have been nearly buried under a mountain of pink wine. She is just now climbing out from The Pile.
While I’ve grown accustomed to our annual call for rosé resulting in a deluge of bottles, we faced a different magnitude this year – enough that, even after sorting into our final lineup, I still evaluated more than 120 wines, aided by two intrepid tasters: Paul Einbund, wine director of Frances restaurant in San Francisco, and Kerrin Laz, wine buyer for Dean & Deluca in St. Helena.
Our conclusion was that 2013 may finally have brought a perfect storm of rosé. A number of things have made it so.
To start, there is a theme I’ve been sounding for several years: Rosé is the hottest thing in wine right now.