May 23, 2024

Opinion: Contemplating that the summer season solstice has now formally arrived, it’s honest to say that pink wine stays top-of-mind.

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A number of weeks in the past offered a primary have a look at a few of the newly launched native rosés and, nicely contemplating that the summer season solstice has now formally arrived, it’s honest to say that pink wine stays top-of-mind.

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To not point out a best choice to pour into the wineglass.

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Thus this week it’s Half 2: rosé a go-go with a peek at three worldwide bottles providing numerous, summer-ready choices:

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Fish Hoek 2021 Cinsault Rosé, South Africa ($11.99 on sale till July 1, No. 56633)

Fish Hoek is a seaside city and valley on the False Bay facet of the Cape Peninsula. It’s additionally the identify of a Western Cape-based vineyard.

Their Cinsault Rosé definitely captures the spirit of cheery, outdoorsy vibes because of its shiny gentle pink with orange highlights color, vivacious citrus peel and crimson fruit aromas, plus an easygoing, fruity and off-dry stance.

The wine is produced from Fairtrade licensed and traded Cinsault grapes as a way to work towards sustainable livelihoods, secure working circumstances and environmental safety of employees.

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It’s fruity, simple and makes a simple companion for charcuterie picnics and takeout buckets of fried hen.

Backside line: B. Full-on summer season vibes.

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Quinta da Calçada N/V LAGO Vinho Verde Rosé, Portugal ($14.99, No. 34411)

This bracing, gentle salmon pink-coloured rosé is made fully from Vinhão (a.ok.a. Sezão), which is probably the most planted crimson grape selection in Portugal’s northwestern Vinho Verde area but stays little recognized outdoors the Iberian Peninsula.

The grape’s refreshing acidity is definitely current in LAGO, which comes throughout fairly tart and zesty after preliminary strawberry and mineral notes.

A slight effervescence properly counters the wine’s fruity, off-dry tones, which taken all collectively makes this a easy and zippy, patio good rosé able to sort out most mid-week meals — ideally matched with one thing wealthy or greasy so the wine’s acidity can reduce by way of.

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Backside line: B-. Zesty pink.

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Solis Lumen 2021 Rosé, France ($19.99, accessible at choose personal wine shops)

Shut your eyes and movie the quintessential romantic rosé setting.

Did the south of France leap to thoughts? Maybe sitting on a patio, basking in some filtered solar, ideally amid the breeze and views of the Mediterranean?

Open your eyes and peer on the label of the new-to-shelves’ Solis Lumen and the transportation is full. The scene is actually plastered proper there on the bottle.

As soon as within the glass, this sunset-coloured, traditional southern French mix of Grenache and Cinsault (80/20 break up) wafts crimson fruit and citrus.

It’s an approachable, contemporary but easy fashion general made for patios, buddies and contemporary grilled seafood — ideally on the similar time.

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Backside line: A-. Pair with summer season dreaming.

The Swirl: Squamish Beer Pageant

The annual Squamish Beer Pageant returns to the Loggers Sports activities Grounds (39555 Loggers Lane, Squamish) on Saturday, June 24.

Going down from 1-7 p.m., the pageant options greater than 50 breweries and cideries pouring 120-plus craft merchandise.

Tickets are $45 (plus taxes and costs) and embody an official memento tasting glass, enjoyable garden video games and 4 tasting tokens to start out (there’s additionally a $60 combo ticket that will get eight further tasting tokens).

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