Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching and an apropos wine for celebrating all that moms do is rosé. It’s bright, fun, uplifting and, sometimes, a little spicy — a lot like moms. Over Easter weekend, I had the pleasure of trying a trio of blush-hued beauties from the south of France. Not only were these wines food-friendly, they are also pocket-friendly.
2018 Le Charmel Rosé — Côtes de Provence — The delicate blush tone of this rosé might have you skeptical but the light color and austere palate are indicative of Provence rosés. On the nose, this wine has plenty going on including wafts of strawberry, white flower, lemon zest, strawberry blossom and orange blossom. Hailing from the Mediterranean coast, it’s not surprising that it would pair well with shellfish like scallops. This dry rosé also matched nicely with the creaminess of deviled eggs leading me to believe it’d be great with a Mom’s Day quiche or frittata. Suggested retail $15.
2018 Mont Gravet Rosé — Don’t let the price on this one fool you. This off-dry rosé is a fuller-bodied wine than its better known neighbors to the east. Made of 100 percent Cinsault, its bouquet is fresh strawberry and pink grapefruit. It married comfortably with the strawberry salad sprinkled with fresh goat cheese and toasted almonds and was a good bedfellow to the traditional ham. For Mother’s Day brunch, might I suggest a Blueberry Lemon salad with Spinach quiche and Lemon Ricotta pancakes. Suggested retail: $9
2018 Le Charmel Rosé — Rosé de Loire — This little Cabernet Franc/ Gamay number was my favorite of the lineup. Wild strawberry, bright raspberry, and a hint of citrus carried through to more of the same on the palate with an earthiness mid palate and a swirl of sweet herbs, watermelon and bubblegum on the finish. From a patio aperitif to a light cheese plate accompaniment, versatile describes this approachable rosé. Think earthy ingredients when pairing this for Mother’s Day brunch like pesto over eggs, Avocado toast, tortilla Española with ham and mushrooms. Suggested retail: $13
Locally, these wines are distributed by Winebow and can be found at many QFC, New Seasons Markets and Whole Foods. Also, any retailer with a wine steward can order them such as Fred Meyer. For those Long Beach Peninsula folks, Coastal Corner Market also carries a bottle or two.
Cheers to all the moms out there! We literally could not do life without you.