The weather is slowly but surely warming up! Humidity is here, now just waiting for those hot temps to arrive and form the classic NYC sweaty sticky summer. This calls for some rosé preparation! For starters, remember that rosé in Italian is rosato (singular) and rosati (plural).
Here are some rosati to get your summer started:
Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna (North-Central Italy)
These wines are typically low in alcohol with refreshing bubbles and a variety of sweet and savory notes. You can practice your Italian pronunciation with the grapes used for these wines: salamino, sorbara, grasparossa, to name a few. Starting a meal with a glass of light sparkling wine is ritualistic in Italy.
Rosé from Tuscany (Central Italy)
Often made with Sangiovese or Canaiolo grapes. These rosés are high in acid and make a great pairing with salty snacks or grilled foods.
Bardolino Chiaretto from Veneto (Northeast Italy)
This area is known for a rosé style is called Chiaretto, it is always bone dry, floral, citrusy with a touch of saltiness from the shores of Lake Garda. Bardolino is the name of the region, you might find rosés from here that are darker in color, but fear not! A darker hued rosé does not imply sweetness, it was just left on the skins for a bit longer during fermentation, so more color was extracted.
Nerello Mascalese from Sicily (South Italy)
Vineyards grow high on Sicily’s volcanic Mt. Etna giving the wine unique ashy tannins with citrus fruit, cinnamon cardamom spices – a beautiful rosé for all seasons, including winter!
It’s been a while since I’ve offered a wine class, that is mainly because I’ve been studying in one myself. Next week I’ll be taking my WSET Level 3 Award in Wine examination and will have a brand-new qualification to teach you about wine!
Get a head start by booking your group tasting event! My website is underway for a quick and easy checkout, in the meantime, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a fun and educational quick trip to Italy via vino.