As warm weather edges its way into the Northwest, we’re starting to experiment with a very small number of white wines and roseÌs — perfect to pair with prawns or parmesan and a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon on the deck withÂ our threeÂ dogs.
As regular readers know, I am from Vancouver, B.C., so a wine that has “eh” in its name is bound to intrigue me. A wine with “eh” in its name, with Matt Loso as a winemaking consultant, is going to interest me even further. Then add into the mix Page Cellars, which is one ofÂ our top five favorite wineries in Woodinville, and you know I am going to check out this wine for summer drinking!
Syrah Rose, eh, from Wahluke Slope Vineyard, is described as “Thirty six hours on the skins to develop the rich Ruby Red Color. Refreshingly off dry, broadens through the mid-palate to finish with distinct Syrah aromas. Dominated by Raspberry, with layers of plum and blackberry. Not your grandmother’s Rose-eh! 75 cases released.”
In anticipation of the toasty weekend, we cooled Page Cellars’ Syrah Rose, eh for a few days and then paired it with Reggiano Parmesano, introduced to me by my nephew, Mathew. (I’ve written in previous posts about Mathew’s excellent palate. It turns out that he also has excellent taste in cheese.Â He also has an affinity for Matt Loso’s other wines at Matthew Cellars. I’m not sure thatÂ my nephew wouldÂ approve of a roseÌ, but maybe he’ll comment on this post to let me know.)
Syrah Rose, eh is one of the few roseÌs that we like — another is Columbia Winery’s RoseÌ of Sangiovese, which is a bit drier. Would we drink a roseÌ on a regular basis? No. But on a hot summer day on the deck with a good book and some cheese, most definitely!
Last summer, whenÂ we tried a roseÌ for the first time in years, I wrote: “If you had told me a year ago that I wouldÂ recommend one, I would have laughed. But here I am saying give it a try.” One year later, I feel the same way!