- Wine expert Rachael Lowe share some of her favorite rose-colored rosé varietals across all price points.
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You know summer is here when the outdoor patio seatings are packed, Chicago’s Rush street and Michigan Ave is teeming with locals and tourists, Ravinia performances are underway, and your social energy’s catching its second wind. One of our favorite summer pasttimes is popping into Whole Foods, Jewel or a local wine shop to pick up some prepared meal, cheeses and wine and enjoy the hot days sipping Rosé, even if we don’t have a boat connect. We were recently introduced to a new wine brand called JNSQ to add to last year’s fave Rose Domaines Ott that’s just great for the season but we know that not all Rosé is created equally so we turned to an expert to give us recommendations on what Rosé we should pick up this summer for our summer sips series.Spiaggia’s Wine Director Rachael Lowe, is definitely an expert in that department. She was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine program at Spiaggia, Tony Mantuano’s beloved and critically acclaimed Chicago restaurant. She’s served wine under culinary luminaries like Thomas Keller and Gordon Ramsay. Here Ms. Lowe share some of her favorite rose-colored rosé varietals across all price points.
Forlorn Hope ‘Queen of the Sierra,’ Sierra Footills, California ($25 price range)
Blend of Barbera and Zinfandel, this wine is unfined and unfiltered and delicious. Notes of strawberry, violets, red cherry and a hint of licorice have many layers and nuances.
Planeta, Nero d’Avola/Syrah, Rosato, Sicily $15-$20 price range
This 50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah is an extremely pale rose, lean and high in acid. Very palate cleansing and perfect by itself or with a variety of foods.
Cirelli, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy ($20 price range)
Organically farmed montepulciano grapes, lightly pressed to yield a pale red wine, this is a deep colored pink with a savory aspect. Notes of red apple, orange rind, rose and a touch of cherry cola.
Clos Cibonne ‘Cuvée Tradition,’ Tibouron Rose, Côtes de Provence, France ($30 price range)
Based mainly on older vine Tibouron, after fermentation the wine is aged on the lees under yeast voile for 1 year in 100-year-old foudres. It is a pale pink with a nice herbaceous tinge on the mid palate, elegant but round texture.
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