Rose, eh!

As warm weather edges its way into the Northwest, we’re starting to experiment with a very small number of white wines and rosés — perfect to pair with prawns or parmesan and a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon on the deck with our three 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 of 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. He also has an affinity for Matt Loso’s other wines at Matthew Cellars. I’m not sure that my nephew would approve of a rosé, but maybe he’ll comment on this post to let me know.)

Syrah Rose, eh is one of the few rosés that we like — another is Columbia Winery’s Rosé of Sangiovese, which is a bit drier. Would we drink a rosé 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, when we tried a rosé for the first time in years, I wrote: “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.” One year later, I feel the same way!


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”