• by Rick Riozza

The Days of Wine and Rosés


No one needs to be coaxed to celebrate National Rosé Wine Day—June 11th. Here’s a couple of the most popular rosés pouring here and there to cheer on with:

2017 Chateau d’Eclans Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence:

This wine has a good story in Coachella Valley. During the Coachella music events, those who enjoy wine at that party, pretty much buy out any Whispering Angel sold around town. When I was a wine steward at the Palm Desert’s Total Wine, the manager would order over 25 cases of the stuff—and that quickly sold out! He then thought it was a great opportunity to attempt to sell Total Wine’s “Winery-Direct” rosés, but so many of those loyal enthusiasts wouldn’t bite: it was Whispering Angel or nothing at all. (I think they went on to buy a bunch of Patron tequila!)

Charming, refreshing and refined, Whispering Angel shows plenty of juicy, enticing, strawberry and berry fruit. There are some fun mineral notes playing against those of floral rose petals. The primary grapes are Grenache and Cinsault—the king and queen of Provençal Rosé. Costa Nichols, over at his Palm Springs’ Desert Wines & Spirits has the best price in town at $19.99

2017 Chateau Miraval Rosé Côtes de Provence, $19.99 at Desert Wines & Spirits.

It is often referred to as the “Celebrity Rosé” because the property is owned by Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie. Costa Nichols recently wrote, “This vintage with its petal pink color has an aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers. In the mouth, the acidity is refreshing while displaying elegance and a nice balance, with a saline finish. The wine is gorgeous; peach, citrus, and raspberry notes all leap from the glass. It is juicy, vibrant, and crisp on the palate.”

There is an actual partnership between the two divorced celebs and the famed Famille Perrin in producing Miraval. Perrin is famous for their Chateauneuf-duPape and Côtes de Rhone. They also makes the tasty and inexpensive La Vieille Ferme Rosé . All in all, the Perrins make around 500,000 cases of rosé a year! That’s a lot of pink!--Cheers!


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