A Rose’ by any other name

Until recently, I always thought that a rose’ by any other name was still a rose’. Sweet. Not for me. I was wrong.  

Columbia Winery just released its 2006 Rose’ of Sangiovese to its wine club members — and I was pleasantly surprised. At the very first taste, I could visualize a warm summer day on the deck, sipping Rose’ of Sangiovese, nibbling on cheese and crackers, maybe even some prawns, and reading a good book.  

Columbia Winery’s Rose’ of Sangiovese is light, dry and not at all sweet. It is a European-style rose’, with appealing strawberry, tangerine and peppery notes and a clean finish. Columbia Winery even offers a pairing recipe with balsamic and black pepper strawberries with warm, toasted mozzarella flatbread. Delicious!

We’ve enjoyed the distinctive Washington wines of Columbia Winery for years. We can’t buy enough of Columbia’s Barbera. So we’re pleased to add Columbia Winery’s Rose’ of Sangiovese to our favorites. It comes from Red Willow Vineyard, where we will be headed in early September just in time for Harvest. Stay tuned for more about this.

In the meantime, enjoy summer — and don’t be afraid to try a rose’. Even Wine Spectator put rose’ on its cover last month. If you had told me a year ago that I would recommend one, I would have laughed. But here I am saying give it a try.