We are in the heart of summer and there are many celebrations happening during this time; weddings, family reunions and…Christmas in July as well as in August! As the seasons are reversed, the Southern hemisphere – Australia, Argentina, South Africa, just to name a few – celebrate their Christmas in July, also known as Midwinter Christmas, and also celebrated on December 25th like the rest of the World. As for us in North America, many people will throw parties mimicking Christmas with cold treats, Santa, gifts and decorations.
Here in Canada we do have a Civic Holiday coming up this weekend but it is not across the country; only 5 provinces and one territory. Rosé wine is popular during summer time and can also be associated with celebrations. Appealing to both white & red drinkers, these 4 Pretty in Pink wines I’ve selected can fit any budget. For my first two-part series, I’ve picked two Canadian rosés that would make you blush!
My first selected Pretty in Pink rosé in this two-part review is from the Niagara Escarpment region of Ontario – Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2015. This delectable dry rosé showcases fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry, rhubarb and melon with hints of lemon on the finish. This fresh and crisp rosé has a nice acidity balance that brings a clean taste to your mouth. This is a wine that can be easily paired with hors d’oeuvres, steamed seafood or as a great companion for an outdoor brunch. This is a wine you can appreciate as is and at the affordable price of $13.95, you may want to enjoy it more often.
My second Canadian choice is Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catherine Rosé Brut. This Niagara Peninsula Ontario region rosé is one of the top sparkling wines in the country. Although a little up there at $29.95, this bubbly rosé is worth every penny. This classy sparkling rosé is made from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes by the method used in champagne. Its delicate aromas of toasted bread, raspberry and dried cranberry with subtle mineral notes in the background float gracefully. The palate is clean with lovely citrus fruits as a finish. Well balanced, this refreshing dry sparkling rosé can be gracefully paired with caviar, smoked fish, and oysters as well as with light salads and spiced chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese. Perfect for any celebration!
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