100 Days of Rose

Each year we see more and more friends getting turned on to rose with sales doubling year after year. It's easy to see why, rose is a noble creation dating back thousands of years. Indeed, at least in France the first wines ever made were rose, long predating the full bodied reds we are so familiar with these days. Why has it taken us so long here in the states to embrace these treasures? That's the story of a product that we all know and have mixed emotions about. Demand for white wine in California was so high in the 70's that whites were being made from every grape possible even the thick skinned Zinfandel. An accidental stuck fermentation, a little more extraction from sitting on the skins waiting for fermentation to finish and White Zinfandel was born.

It was an immediate hit for the American palate, at that time driven by off dry wines and a phenomenon was born overshadowing the existing European styles. I still see so many people who believe all rose is sweet, but one sip of the bone dry Armas de Guerra Bierzo Rosado blows apart that world view. We stock roses from Italy, Spain, France, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

Roses are almost all made from traditional red grapes, although some will toss a bit of red wine into a white for the color change. The truly amazing ones are from all red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Carginan, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot! Tasting your familiar grapes done as rose is like discovering an friend with a superhero alter ego!

As our ode to summer starting, we will be doing 100 Days of Rose here at Bitto. For the next 100 days we will be featuring a rose everyday for $20 a bottle and $5 a glass, but just stop in for a free taste of our featured gem anytime! Of course they are all for sale in the Orchard Wine Cellar as well with none over $20 and most under $15! We'll be announcing the selection on our Facebook page so stay tuned!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 5 bottles)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #3 Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines. (behind by 10 bottles)

  • Bonavita Red

    #4 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 10 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Gotes del Priorat

    Gotes del Priorat

    A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!

  • Poquito Moscato

    Poquito Moscato

    Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!