Rose wines can be enjoyed all year long

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Five Vineyards Rose, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Five Vineyards Rose, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Christopher Waters, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

Like sunscreen and bug spray, pink wines are front of mind during the summer months, but fade from view once back to school sales start. It’s a sad fact that such a delicious segment of wine is typecast as something only worthy of attention when the sun is high in the sky.

Like a growing number of wine lovers, I enjoy a balanced diet of red, white and pink wines year round. A well-made rosé can be one of the best matches for the classic holiday feast of turkey, cranberry sauce and all the fixings. Plus, top quality pink sparkling wines tastes equally delicious on Canada Day, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter Sunday or any given Tuesday night.

Sadly, that’s not the common point of view for the dry, delicately fruity wines that straddle the divide between white and red wines. Restaurants and retailers typically showcase rosé as a seasonal selection. Limited quantities are purchased for seasonal sales. Come October, the selection for those who drink pink dwindles to a mere handful, typically sparkling wines and sweeter styles of White Zinfandel.

Industry reports make it clear that rosé sales are strongly motivated by the weather. Sunny days spent poolside or on a patio inspire demand. A cool start to the season means the pink stuff is left on the shelf as shoppers embrace other wine styles.

Next time you’re shopping for wine, take a close look at the selection of rosés available. Whether they’re from Canada, France, Italy, Spain or elsewhere and regardless of the grape variety or varieties used to produce them, these unassuming bottles are packed with refreshment, which makes them a natural selection for summertime sipping when served chilled. But they also offer a range of flavours from cranberry to strawberry to cherry, with spice and floral accents that make them equally enjoyable anytime you want to be reminded of the easy living of a long hot summer.

Wines of the Week:

***1/2 Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Five Vineyards Rosé, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

BC $15.99 (601161) | AB $16 | MB $15.99 (011792) | ON $15.95 (229716)

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir, this is a riper, richer style of rosé that still delivers refreshment. Flavorful enough to enjoy anytime as a sipping wine, it’s would also be a great match for roast poultry or grilled salmon.

*** Marques de Caceres 2013 Rosado, Rioja, Spain

BC $16.99 (361188) | MB $13.99 (110114) | ON $13.95 (622142)

This Tempranillo and Garnacha blend offers appealing red berry aromas and flavors with some spice notes. Decidedly dry and refreshing in style, this would be an enjoyable partner to most things served hot off of the grill.


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