Wine category: ROSÉ

Fort Berens Rosé 2022 B.C.

I couldn’t feel right about my “In the Pink” series without including Fort Berens Rosé. The Lilloet winery has built on one successful vintage after another and no better example than their tasty pink. I’m always drawn in by the fragrance of summer berries. Once I’ve enjoyed that I know my palate is about to be spoiled. The dry, light bodied rosé is Pinot Noir dominant (70%) with Merlot and Cabernet giving the wine a strong supporting cast. Raspberry is what I taste in this balanced, juicy and flavourful pink. Pair it with bbq chicken and a summer salad and enjoy.

Price: $22.99 plus tax
Available: Winery direct at www.fortberens.ca

Price: $23.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores and select Save-On-Foods wine stores

Evolve Pink Effervescence N/V B.C.

For my “In the Pink” series I couldn’t resist adding some bubbles to the lineup. Once again the Evolve Pink Effervescence from the Time Family of Wines is my hands down choice. Since launching my website almost a decade ago I’ve long viewed the Evolve lineup as a reliable go-to for quality B.C. wine at a great price. This is the perfect sparkling wine for a summer gathering. You don’t need to take my word for it. It’s a gold medal winning wine from the All Canadian Wine Championships! A light bodied and dry sparkler with a lovely aroma of strawberries and cherries. It’s a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc with just a splash of Syrah. A perfect pink for birthdays, weddings, special occasions of all kinds. You’ll be as much a fan as me after your first glass.

Price: $21.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores across the lower mainland
Price: $22.69 plus tax
Available: Select Save-On-Foods wine stores

Cellier des Dauphins Val Soleu Rosé France 2021

Another delicious rosé to add to my “In the Pink” series and it comes from France. I’m in love with rosé from there and the Rhone valley offers some of the best examples of pink wine. Look at the colour and you know what to expect. Light to medium body, dry, refreshing style with flavours of strawberries and a bit of sour cherry. I can’t get enough of this wine that’s a blend of Grenache and Cinsault. Perfect on its own but I’ve found rosé to be a wonderful match with almost any dish. I paired this wine with smokies off the bbq.

Price: $25.00 plus tax
Available: Everything Wine across the lower mainland.

Studio by Miraval Rosé France 2022

When you combine Hollywood star power with Provence, France you must be talking about Miraval. This is the affordable rosé from Brad Pitt and his partnership with
one of France’s finest wineries, Famille Perrin. Even more affordable this month because B.C. Liquor has it on sale. This is classic Provence pink. Pale pink in colour, bone dry and delicious. You’ll be hard pressed to find a rosé of this quality at this price. Don’t sleep on this wine…you do not want to miss out on this gem.

Price: $19.99 plus tax ($2.00 saving) until July 1st
Available: B.C. Liquor stores across the lower mainland

Chronos Rosé B.C. 2022

Each vintage of wine tells a different story and the 3rd rosé for my “In the Pink” series is a classic example. Since the Time Family of Wines relaunched its lineup I’ve been enjoying the wines carrying the new Chronos label. Apparently I’m not alone because the 2022 vintage Rosé was awarded two gold medals at this year’s Cascadia International Wine Festival. One taste will tell you why. Made with Syrah specifically grown for this rosé I really enjoyed the wine from start to finish. On the nose there’s a lovely aroma of red berries with a touch of rhubarb. On the palate I tasted strawberries with some cranberries adding tart notes. This is a dry, medium bodied rosé I paired with charcuterie. Give it a try.

Price: $24.99 plus tax
Available: Select Save-On-Foods wine stores across B.C.
Price: $25.99 plus tax
Available: Winery direct at www.timewines.ca

Road 13 Honest John’s rosé B.C. 2021

It’s time for “In the Pink” chapter two. Road 13 has been a perennial favorite rosé for me but I have to admit I was surprised when I tasted the latest vintage. Surprised in a good way though. A blend of pinot noir and gamay, this is a departure from previous years but shout out to winemaker Barclay Robinson for an excellent rosé. The gamay adds savoury notes to the blend that is fresh, dry and light bodied. I’m going to be all over this pink now that I’m in summer mode.

Price: $20.99 plus tax
Available: B.C. Liquor stores across B.C.
Price: $21.99 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.

Haywire Gamay Rosé B.C. 2021

It’s June and I’m “In the Pink” this month. My posts will be all about rosé and what better way to start off this pink celebration than with Haywire Gamay Rosé. I’m an unabashed fan of this B.C. winery and often recommend their wines. Particularly to newcomers unfamiliar with the excellence of what’s being produced in our province.
This vintage also features Haywire’s new look which is a sharp contrast to their original label. One thing hasn’t changed though and that’s the quality of the winemaking.
It begins with the colour…a beautiful salmon pink in the glass and an attractive nose that sets you up for a dry, savoury style of rosé. Flavours of summer berries along with a creamy finish adds up to terrific wine.
I paired it with Maui ribs but it’ll be in my glass when salmon is on the BBQ too. Enjoy!

Price: $26.29 plus tax
Available: Save-On-Foods wines across B.C.
Price: $27.99 plus tax
Available: Winery direct at okanagancrushpad.com

TWB-The Wine Bar-Yaletown

If there’s a better place to enjoy a glass of wine and tasty bites than TWB-The Wine Bar in Yaletown I’ve not been there. So I was delighted to join Wine Director Josh Carlson (pictured) along with executive chef J-F Quaglia for the return of TWB. With over 100 wines by the glass and Provence inspired nibbles it adds up to the perfect pairing. Its False Creek location makes sipping al fresco another big draw. Prior to the pandemic forced closure TWB was my reliable go-to because their Happy Hour is such a great way to while away a few hours. The opportunity to taste so many wonderful wines and learn from the excellent wine team always brings me back again and again. So whether you’ve never visited TWB or, like me, have longed for its return that time has come. Just think of all those glasses of wine waiting for you.

Bartier Brothers Rosé B.C. 2022

Spring is here and that means new releases of rosé. First out of the gate is the always popular Bartier Brothers Rosé. This never disappoints as you’ll discover with the first taste. Bone dry, with good body, terrific fruit on the palate and a lingering finish to keep you coming back for another glass. A perfect companion on its own but more than enough structure to pair with summer favorites like bbq salmon, salads or charcuterie. Drink in the aroma, savour the crispy notes crafted by one of B.C.’s best winemakers. Take a bow Michael Bartier!

Available: B.C. Liquor stores
Price: $18.99 plus tax or winery direct at bartierbros.com for the same price.

Cedarcreek Rosé B.C. 2021

It’s still early in the rosé release season but I’ve had the chance to taste 6 so far and Cedarcreek is the runaway winner for me. Made from 100% Pinot Noir this an elegant, light bodied example of how B.C. can match up to the wine world’s best pink. The light colour is often an indicator of a style of rosé that emulates what you’ll find in Provence.
Take in the beautiful aroma of strawberries that carries through on the taste. A long finish and balanced acidity completes this wine like none other I’ve tasted this year. Paired with grilled salmon you may need a second bottle. In a word Cedarcreek rosé is “delicious. Get it before it’s gone!

Price: $25.00 plus tax winery direct at www.cedarcreek.bc.ca
Price: $26.00 plus tax
Available: Select Save-On-Foods stores across B.C.
Price: $28.00 plus tax
Available: Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie street