When you blink, do you see pink? Don’t bother checking the mercury level in the thermometer. Rosé season has launched, and winemakers have released the pink juice to kick off the season of fun-in-the-sun. Retailers and wine shop shelves across the nation are overflowing with plethora’s of pink wine to please almost any palate.
Although, still underappreciated (arguably), according to an article published in 2017 by Forbes, rose popularity is continuing to climb, “Rosé represents a mere 1.5% of the U.S. table wine market, but sales climbed 53%.”
No longer are Provence and the Rhône the only regions to seek out delicious Rosé wines. The fact is the Eastern region of the U.S. is also producing some lovely dry Rosés that are affordable, and seriously drinkable year-round. Rosé happens to be one of my favorite go-to wines for the holidays.
Recently, I participated in an outstanding Twitter-based chat, #ECWineChat, featuring Eastern U.S. rosé wines. Writer, Frank Morgan – creator of the award-winning wine blog, Drink What You Like – conducts the virtual tastings each month, or so, inviting wine bloggers, winemakers, and consumers to join in the conversation.
I have had the pleasure in the past of sipping some excellent Virginia dry rosés and thoroughly enjoyed sampling a few alongside other east coast rosés. All of the wines were uniquely expressive, quality rosés that showed well. I can’t wait to explore more rosés produced in the Eastern U.S., – something I would have likely never considered before now.
Here are the 4 Rosé wines we tasted during the chat (in alphabetical order).