The popularity of Rosé has soared over the last decade. We're not talking white zinfandel or generic "blush" wines, but the genuine article- high quality, complex and delicious wines with a light to deep pink hue that are generally made in a dry style. There are a few superb lightly-sweet pinks, but for all intents and purposes we are talking about the dry stuff. It's amazing to see people who in years past would turn their nose at anything rosé now gulp them down with joy over the precious few warm months we have here in the Midwest.
Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé is an exciting find for us. This wine is made from the French Rhone valley appellation of Tavel- a district that allows for the exclusive production of rosé wine (you'll never see a red or white "Tavel" wine). The Segries is unbelievably rich and packed with black and red berry fruit along with a beautiful lemon oil note. The finish is dry, but luscious and creamy. This wine is incredibly food-friendly and perfect for entertaining. But be sure to save a few bottles for enjoying the rest of the year (this would be an awesome Thanksgiving wine) as Tavel wines have a reputation for improving over the course of a couple of years.