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Lagrioth Rose from Chelan Valley Farms in Lake Chelan, Washington, where I was able to enjoy both an apple and a wine tasting overlooking the lake

Getting ready for Easter weekend and the height of spring, I can’t think of a better wine to chill than a rosé. So…this week I’ve decided to feature a rosé a day for Easter.

Don’t underestimate the power of a rosé just because it’s pink and don’t confuse it with a sweet white zinfandel either. Sure, some can be sweet but others can be bold, dry, almost savory. The fun thing about rosé is that it can be made from virtually any red grape from cabernet to pinot noir and everything in between.

It’s a good wine to sip solo on a warm afternoon. Some have enough depth to stand up to food as well. The color of the wine comes in a palette of pink shades from soft to vibrant; it just looks like spring and so do many of the labels.

I’m quite fond of rosé and have tried lots of them, for my writing research of course. So I thought it would be fun to feature a few in time for Easter weekend, or really anytime this spring and summer.

I’ll be updating this post every day this week, adding a rosé a day for Easter, so keep checking back.

I’m kicking things off with One Stone from Ancient Peaks with its eye catching label and beautiful deep color.

One Stone Rose of Pinot Noir, a rose a day for Easter

One Stone Rose of Pinot Noir, a Rose a Day for Easter

Made from pinot noir grapes, it’s vibrant with flavors of summer fruits like watermelon and pineapple. I also love that there is a charitable component with this one. A portion of each bottle sold is donated to Dream Big Darling, a nonprofit for educating and mentoring the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry.

Find for under $20.

Rosé day two is this beautiful bottle of Prophesy from the South of France.

Prophesy Rose

Prophesy Rose is from the south of France, for day two of my Rose a Day for Easter

I love the goddess on the label and I had a conversation with her before opening, pleading that the wine inside would be even half as good as the artwork on the bottle. She delivered. It’s a little light, definitely dry and with nice flavors of red berries; think strawberry and raspberry.

Prophesy Wines sources grapes from around the world and bottles them with beautiful, intricate labels by artist Victo Nagai. Open this one for Easter and it becomes part of the tablescape as well as a conversation starter. It’s a great all around value, under $15.

I’m a little biased when it comes to rosé for day three.

Mauritson Rose

Mauritson Rosé from Sonoma is the day three pick for Rosé a Day for Easter

I’m biased (and not at all ashamed to admit it) because I’m friends with the winemaker and a longtime fan of the brand. Clay Mauritson also has quite a following in Southwest Florida. He was in town recently as the signature vintner for a fund raiser to benefit LARC  and unveiled this new rosé.

Zinfandel is Mauritson’s claim to fame and is what this wine is made from. It’s light pink, crisp and dry with flavors of red berries and in the $30 range. Don’t save it for sipping only, this one stands up quite well to food.

We go to Paso Robles in the Central Coast of California for day four’s rosé.

Daou Rosé

DAOU Rosé from Paso Robles is pick four in our rosé a day until Easter

I love how elegant this bottle looks. The winery at DAOU Vineyards is just as lovely. While they are known for big reds, this rosé is more delicate, made in the style of those from Provence. That’s not to say it’s weak. It smells floral and has delicious tropical flavors such as citrus and kiwi, with notes of strawberry–delightful in every way. Find it for around $25

We go up the coast to Sonoma for the next selection from super cool winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave.

Alma de Cattleya Rose

Alma de Cattleya Rosé from Sonoma and winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

Her brand, Cattleya, is the name of a flower in Columbia where she’s from. The Alma de Cattleya Rosé features the flower is on the label, making the bottle another one that will look good on your spring tablescape.

Alma de Cattleya Rose from Sonoma and winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

Perfect for Easter, Alma de Cattleya Rosé from Sonoma and winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

If you think you don’t like rosé, try this. It almost drinks like a crisp dry white. It has some citrus and strawberry and makes your mouth water. It’s even better with food. I recently had it with a dish that had grilled chicken, faro and goat cheese, and it was spot on. $22

 

The last rosé leading up to Easter brunch is from Provence, France.

Chateau Minuty 281 Rosé

Chateau Minuty 281 Rosé is from Provence, it’s the higher end rosé in the Minuty lineup

You’ve probably seen Chateau Minuty Rosé on restaurant lists by the glass, but not this one. The French winery makes several tiers of rosé…this 281 is on top. It’s called the “wedding wine,” perfect for a celebration such as Easter.

The elegant bottle, with dark blue wax-like drippings retails for around $90, yes it’s a splurge. But you’re worth it. The wine has a orange hue and beautiful floral and citrus aromas. Mmmmmmm.

It also has layers of flavors to uncover from nectarine to strawberries, with nice acidity and minerality. It’s a rosé that can age and for sure good with food.

Cheers to rosé. Happy Easter.

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