Wine category: ROSÉ

Joie Farm Rose B.C. 2017

When I’m asked to name my favourite B.C. wineries Joie Farm is always on my list. There’s a confidence and a consistency to their winemaking that has me looking forward to each new vintage. Their Re-Think Rose is a sharp contrast to the style made famous in Provence. Joie Farm looks to the Loire Valley to influence their Rose. It’s 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay so you’ll taste a more fruit forward style. Flavours of strawberries and cherries along with a hint of spice in a medium bodied wine. Rose remains one of the most food friendly wines and I’ve paired Joie Farm with everything from seafood to sticky ribs. It’s also a perfect sipper whether you’re on the patio or at the beach. The perfect companion for a Vancouver summer.

Price: $20.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver, South Vancouver, South Surrey and Langley
Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wines in Yaletown
Price: $23.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Road 13 Honest John’s Rose 2017 B.C.

The more B.C. Rose I taste, the more I notice it falls into two distinct camps. Some seem to get their DNA from France and Italy. So light pink in colour and milder in flavour. Others are more robust and loaded with fruit. Road 13 is an example of that style. You’ll notice a deeper shade of pink in the bottle and glass. That intensity carries over in the taste with flavours of strawberries and cherries but it remains dry with balanced acidity. It’s easy drinking and a terrific match for any of your favourite patio dishes from appies to BBQ. I like having the variety of choices when I drink pink because variety is the “spice of life.”

Price: $16.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Bartier Bros. Rose 2017 B.C.

There’s as many varieties of Rose in B.C. as there are wineries. Until recently many were dark ruby red and loaded with fruit. The proverbial fruit bomb. From my exploration it seems now that many winemakers are favouring the French style. Don and Michael Bartier have crafted a Rose that would feel at home in Provence. It’s pale pink with a lovely, mild aroma of rose petals. The flavour seems to follow the less is best rule. Subtle, understated and delicious with a mild tartness that reminded me of cranberry. There’s a crispness to the wine and I loved the long, savoury finish. Hello spring!

Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Monte Creek Ranch Rose 2016 B.C.

There’s so much Rose being produced in B.C. and so much is easy drinking. What’s noteworthy is that the wineries are putting their own unique twist into a varietal that’s exploded in popularity. Monte Creek Ranch near Kamloops using a hybrid grape developed in North America called Marquette. What you’ll notice on the nose is the aroma of fresh berries and a little rose petal. The berry influence carries through in the taste but I also noted a touch of cranberry. That added a tartness to the wine which I really enjoyed. It’s the only B.C. Rose I’ve had this year with that flavour profile. Good on Monte Creek Ranch for going their own way. This is the perfect patio wine and being Rose you can pair it with all of your favourite dishes.

Price: $20.00 (plus tax)
Available: Coal Harbour Liquor store
Price: $23.05 (plus tax)
Available: Legacy Liquor store in Olympic Village

Haywire Secrest Mountain Gamay Noir Rose 2016 B.C.

It seems to my palate that with every vintage Haywire Rose sets a higher bar. There’s so much to enjoy with this pink. First and foremost, it’s from the Gamay grape which is a personal fave but also one of B.C.’s unsung heroes. While the colour seems a dark pink in my bottle picture, it’s a lighter pink in the glass. There’s a beautiful aroma of fresh fruit which sets you up for the flavour. I tasted a rich, deep, savoury mix of berries that’s layered with herbs and a subtle tartness that just added to the experience. You expect some earthiness with a Gamay Rose and Haywire delivers in this delicious pink. I poured it with grilled prawns and scallops and loved that pairing. There’s quite a price range on this wine as you’ll see on my post so shop around!

Price: $21.99 (plus tax)
Available: Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown
Price: $25.99 (plus tax)
Available: Kits Wine Cellar on 4th Avenue
Price: $26.00 (plus tax)
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street
Price: $27.99 (plus tax)
Available: Liberty Wines on Commercial Drive

Evolve Cellars Rose 2016 B.C.

When I’m asked to recommend wineries that deliver a lot of bang for the buck Evolve Cellars is always on the list. From their sparkling wine portfolio to the Cab/Merlot blend and their Rose I’m a big fan. This Rose is unique from the many I’ve tried this year because of the beautiful watermelon aroma. You’ll also taste that with first sip but give your nose some love too. The melon flavours are mixed with cherries and strawberries so essentially it’s a fruit basket in a glass. A crisp and dry wine that I paired with BBQ spareribs and it was a terrific match. Make sure you check out Evolve Cellars wines. Your palate and wallet will say thanks.

Price: $15.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA wines in Kitsilano
Price: $17.65 (plus tax)
Available: Denman Liquor on Denman street
Price: $17.95 (plus tax)
Available: Firefly Liquor on Cambie street

Quails’ Gate Rose 2016 B.C.

I know the sunny weather will arrive at some point in this dreary spring so here’s my antidote to the grey skies. A glass of Okanagan summer from one of B.C.’s most reliable wineries. From the beautiful pale pink colour to the last sip in my glass I can’t say enough about the current Quails’ Gate vintage. This Rose is 70% Gamay (which won me over quickly) 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris. It’s a bone dry wine loaded with strawberry jam and beautiful lip smacking acidity. It’s impossible to stop after one glass. I’m recommending Quails’ Gate Rose as a prime example of a wine that really overdelivers for the price. Always keep a couple of bottles on hand to share with friends or to pair with anything and everything. Food meet Rose. You’re a perfect match.

Price: $16.99 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $17.52 (plus tax)
Available: Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard street
Price: $17.99 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

Road 13 Honest John’s Rose 2016 B.C.

As the B.C. wine industry matures I’ve noticed continued improvement in both quality and consistency. That means you can develop your own list of favourites that always deliver year in and year out. Road 13 has been on my list for a decade. If you would like an introduction to their wines pick up a bottle of the Rose. It’s a delicious blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A deeper pink in colour than other examples of this popular wine I think it’s a hint of what to expect in the glass. It’s more complex while retaining familiar flavours of cherries and strawberries. It’s a mouthful of southern Okanagan summer that pairs well with all of your favourite patio dishes. From burgers to seafood, salads to BBQ ribs this is a food friendly wine. Drink Pink!

Price: $16.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and Everything Wine in North Vancouver and South Surrey
Price: $18.39 (plus tax)
Available: Village VQA Wines in Kitsilano

La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rose France

This is one of the most beautiful rose wines in the glass. A pretty salmon pink that delivers a classic, dry and tasty rose that everyone should keep on hand. The aroma of flowers will make you think spring. The flavour of fresh fruit, a hint of spice along with a good balance of acidity reminds me why rose is my go to food wine. I paired it with wild sockeye salmon burgers and what a match. This is an absolute bargain for the price and I’m going to enjoy it year round. Drink pink!

Price: $12.49 (plus tax)
Available: B.C. Liquor stores

Mission Kitsilano Happy Hour

I’m such a fan of restaurants that offer interesting wine with their Happy Hour. Mission in Kits is an exceptional food experience complimented by an enjoyable wine companion. Both the red (pictured) and white are French. Each costs $5.00 during Happy Hour when they offer appetizers at 50% off. The red is a traditional red blend, think Rhone valley, while the white from Gascogne was a pleasant, medium bodied and food friendly wine. Speaking of the food, it was superb. The pork terrine (pictured) came with crackers, chutney and mustard and all are house made. They also offer artisanal cheese from Farmhouse cheese in Agassiz which is not to be missed. Other snack choices include beef croquette and hummus. Once you visit for Happy Hour you’ll want to come back for dinner. Another reason to add Mission to your dining out list is their weekend brunch where every bottle of wine on their impressive list is 50% off! That includes Champagne. Enjoy.

Mission Kitsilano
2042 West 4th Avenue
Happy Hour M-F 5:30-6:30