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Pick of Wine for the weekend of Jun 1-2, 2013:
René Barbier Mediterranean Rosé, Catalunya, Spain 2012
This summer’s rosé line-up has arrived in full-force and there’s a lot to choose from. If you are still not sure if rosé is your thing, why not start by trying one of the most affordable, easy-drinking wines out there? This über-friendly, soft rosé will have you singing its praises in no time – from the cottage dock, the balcony, the campfire and the backyard.
Tasting Note: Here is a light strawberry-coloured rosé that is picture-perfect pink. This Mediterranean inspired wine is well structured with fresh, soft fruit flavours balanced by refreshing pomegranate-like acidity. The finish is quite long and very pleasant. This is easily one of the most approachable rosés available. Thoroughly drinkable.
Enjoy With: An extremely versatile wine that will match most summer fare.
Style: Fruity, soft, dry, rosé.
Terroir / Region: Spain’s Costa Brava, located in the northeast of the country, is home to beautiful beaches and the cultural mecca of Barcelona. The grape growing region of Catalunya is nestled here beside a warm sea and protected by the mountains to the west and north. A wide variety of soil types combined with a long, gentle growing season produces balanced, flavourful fruit.
Producer: A wine refugee from the Rhône, Léon Barbier arrived in Catalunya over a hundred years ago to escape the devastating phylloxera plague that had killed most of the vines in his native France. He brought his winemaking skills, built a winery and began to produce very modern and very drinkable wines. Today, René Barbier continues to produce very drinkable and very affordable wines from sunny Catalunya.
Availability: René Barbier Mediterranean Rosé is available through the LCBO’s Seasonal Rosé promotion and can be found in most stores. Look for it on the special rosé display. (Also try the René Barbier white #332767, now on sale for $8.95 – $1.00 off until June 23)