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!