I think this may be my summer of rosé. Usually around this time of year, I start drinking less red wine and more white wine. Over the past year or so, I’ve been introduced to several rosé wines that I’ve enjoyed, and I have a feeling I’ll be filling my shopping cart with many bottles of rosé between now and fall.
The impetus to this thinking is Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2011 RosTable Wine ($16). The winery sent me a bottle of this very light-colored rosé to sample. I tried it over the weekend, pairing it with various foods. The very first word out of my mouth after taking a sip was simply, “Nice.”
I’ve talked about my previous hesitation to embrace rosé wines before. It stems back to my early years of drinking super-sweet white zinfandel and an irrational thought that any time a wine has a pink tinge to it, it’s going to taste like syrup to me. I’ve come a long way in changing that thinking, but still, I seem to be a little surprised each time a try a rosé and it’s not sweet.
This Wolffer rosé is wonderfully surprising. It’s crisp and dry, full of light berry flavor with a slight hint of spiciness that was simply perfect for a warm Saturday afternoon. I tried a glass by itself, paired it with some cheddar cheese and almonds for a snack, and drank it that evening with some leftover Vegetable-Tortelllini Soup. It went well with both. In fact, I think this wine will go very well with many foods. Wolffer suggests pairing with hors d’oeuvres such as smoked salmon, lobster, shrimp, marinated meat, and soft cheeses, as well as pairing it with your Thanksgiving turkey.
Wolffer Estate Vineyards uses an extensive sustainable viticulture program to minimize environmental impact and to ensure the protection of the workers’ health and safety. Here are a few of the methods the vineyard employs:
Soil management to reduce erosion, runoff and leaching
Use of integrated pest management practices for insect, disease and weed control
Nutrient management with a particular focus on nitrogen
Pest and spray technology
Cultural practices – natural ways like hand leaf-removal
For more detailed information on the company's sustainable practices, you can download this sustainable viticulture pdf.
Wolffer Estate Vineyards is located in Sagaponack, Long Island, N.Y., with tasting room hours each day of the week.
Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I’ll write about the product if it’s something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.