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Bill Carlson Wine Time - The right Rosé for summer in Pensacola

Bill Carlson Wine Time - The right Rosé for summer in Pensacola


Bill Carlson


The 2015 Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé

Rosé season is upon us! Rosé is fantastic to drink year round, but it really comes into its own during our warmer months. Rosés are fashionable, quite tasty and pair well with a variety of food. If you ever have a tough time pairing food with a wine, it probably will go well with Rosé.

First, let’s start the story straight about what we’re talking about. Rosé is a dry wine made with red grapes but the skin of the grape only touches the wine for a very short period, producing a blush-colored wine. If you’re expecting sweet white Zinfandel, you’re in for a disappointment as true Rosés are not chock full of residual sugar. They look pink, but if you close your eyes, you'll swear you are drinking a chilled, lightbodied red wine.

Rosés are made from all different grapes from all over the world, but I thoroughly enjoy the South of France Rosés made predominately with Grenache and Syrah. They have a gorgeous light pink color, notes of melons and rose petals, and are super refreshing on a hot day.

We just got in a Rosé from one of the top winemakers in France, Michel Chapoutier. The 2015 Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé is from the Côtesdu- Rhône and is a threegrape blend of 50 percent Grenache, 40 percent Syrah and 10 percent Cinsault. It has a beautiful, pale salmon color, aromas of raspberries and cherries and tastes lively and fresh in the mouth. Try this wine at your next barbecue, and you’ll be impressed at all the positive comments you get.

The Chapoutier family can trace its Rhone heritage back to 1808. They make a lot of different wines in this region, andare most noted for their Northern Rhone wines from Hermitage, which are sublime. Michel Chapoutier is also a pioneer for introducing Braille on his wine labels, honoring a blind family member, Maurice de La Sizeranne, and making it easier for the blind to find his wines.

The Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé is available in Seville’s Wine Shoppe for $9.99. Open your mind and give this Rosé a try, as its perfect for Pensacola’s weather and cuisine.

Seville Quarter, 130 E.

Government St. 434-6211 or visit www.sevillequarter. com.