3 Rosés For The Dock – Oops 4 Rosés

10 May

Sunset July 2_4

What says summer better than rosé? It’s not summer yet but you might as well get stocked up.

tawseroseWhen I saw this wine in its 2012 iteration, I jumped. Actually I ‘jumped’ at the chance to grab a bunch. At our cottage in Muskoka (I’ve put a very enticing sunset picture taken from our dock – God’s Country we call it), we like warm weather sippers. This wine – 2012 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé #172643 $15.95 is a great hot weather rosé. Sit by the water, discuss agricultural chemical run-off, the disappearance of those big bass that you caught as a child and have a couple bottles of this. This wine is strawberries (strawberry jamish?) with a hint of acidity and maybe lemon after its gone down. Have this with appetizers worthy of the sunset or earlier on the dock, under the sun with friends and argument.


MabyEvery year I have the same problem. I don’t want to recommend this Tavel – I don’t want to be so darn predictable. The 2012 Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel Rosé #701318 $16.95 is a traditional Tavel. What is that, you say? It’s a fuller bodied rosé and one of the best things that comes out of the southern Rhone. I read a short article on-line at http://www.starchefs.com/cook/wine/crush/tavel-winter-rose that suggests Tavel is the reddest pink you’ll ever drink. The geology provides the wine with ‘more grip’. Not sure I fully understand that but this wine is indeed approaching full-bodied-ness. The 2012 is as advertised. It’s got loads of pop, dry as a bone, and hints at a sense of the land or some other herbal kind of thing that just sets it apart and says, “Hey, I’m southern French, monsieur”. Have food with this – maybe where you’d normally grab a pinot noir, as suggested in the article.


levequeAgain, I return to an old friend but the newest vintage – 2012 Château La Tour de L’Évèque Rosé #319312 $18.95 is a less substantial wine, as in body, than that from Tavel. But, sometimes we like the lean type – if not there wouldn’t be any roles for Lara Flynn Boyle, would there? If you haven’t had rosé from Provence with fresh tomatoes and herbs while on a sailboat anchored in the azure Mediterranean under an afternoon sky, too bad. It may be the one experience that I have up on you. These wines are iconic and this particular bottle, although not the cool shape that it used to be, is a great representation of Provence wines. Where the Tawse has a strong red fruit presence, this one is a bit darker fruit-wise with floral stuff to entice you. Seldom say this about a wine but it is beautiful, if that makes sense. Consume responsibly.

mugaroseLast night, before this went to post (if that’s the proper phrasing), I received an email from my friend, Krystle. She informed me that her and Damien’s favourite rosé was hitting shelves in Ontario this weekend. So, despite the fact that I haven’t had this one, I thought it a good idea to pass on her recommendation. 2012 Muga Rosé #603795 $12.95 is described by the mothership as a wine that “will definitely make some friends at the dinner table.” And, don’t we all need friends? “Beyond being perfectly dry, fruity, and tasty, you can’t argue with $12.95 a bottle,” according to Krystle. No, you cannot.  So, give this a try and thank the fact that I have friends if you love it like they do. Muga makes some interesting Rioja reds that are readily available as well.

3 Responses to “3 Rosés For The Dock – Oops 4 Rosés”

  1. savorencyclopedia May 10, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Stunning photo! Such vibrant colors!



  1. Nino and Brigitte Bardot – Bubbly and Pink | Duff's Wines - May 21, 2013

    […] Last time out, I talked about rosé and it’s match to particular situations. Well, we are in luck and since you didn’t run out and buy a bunch from the last post (Lisa excluded), get ready, set, go – this week there’s another Tavel that rivals the one that I recommended last time (Domaine Maby, which I’m having as we type) – 2011 Domaine des Carteresses Tavel Rosé #739474 $16.95 is a bit fuller and cheaper than the Maby from last week (more stuffing in the Carteresses, I feel). Remember, Tavel is the reddest of pinks and this one brings loads of red fruit flavour and punch. This is a regular of these pages most vintages and I hope you grab a bottle or two. This would work as a dinner wine with fish – grilled as is the norm in the summer, salads, or lightly seasoned chicken barbecue. […]


  2. Rosés For The Dock 2015! | Duff's Wines - June 26, 2015

    […] let’s stay there – in Provence that is. I’ve reviewed this label before here – the 2014 Château la Tour de l’Eveque #319392 $18.95 is the one wine that I’m reviewing […]


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