Rosé isn’t just for summer sipping. It also has a place during other celebrations throughout the year. For many reasons, holiday rosé has a special place in our hearts. For instance, you can pair festive rosé with seafood, shellfish, smoked salmon, salads, pasta and Asian dishes. On the other hand, you can simply drink rosé without food. Pour it for your guests, or take it to a party. Above all, rosés are food-friendly and wallet-friendly wines. Vineyard Brands offers these Famille Perrin suggestions of four beautiful rosés from the south of France.
Holiday Rosé: Famille Perrin Côtes Du Rhône Reserve 2021 ($15)
We have been fans of Famille Perrin Rosé for many years, and this bottle continues that tradition. This pretty wine is an intense yet delicate rosé, typical of Côtes du Rhône, and blends Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Aromas of flowers and red berries mirror the savory palate. The iconic Perrin family is often referred to as the “first family of the Rhône Valley”. They are pioneers in their innovative approach to organic farming in 1950, and later biodynamic farming in 1974.
Chateau Miraval 2021 ($28)
First, we loved this rosé during the summer, while we lounged on our lakeside deck. Next, we also love it as a holiday rosé. What an elegant wine, which blends Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle, grown on clay and limestone. Further, the rosé is fresh and crisp, featuring flavors of raspberries and citrus, laced with minerality and salinity specific to Miraval. The Pitt and Perrin families produce this rosé at the estate. This is one of the first rosés on Wine Spectator’s Top 100. In addition, Wine Enthusiast selected it as one of three (out of almost 1000) best rosés from Provence.
STUDIO by Miraval Rosé 2021 ($18)
Studio by Miraval comes from vineyards on the French Riviera. That is to say, this rosé is strongly influenced by the sea sprays and the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea. Studio blends Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren. As a result, an exquisite nose of grapefruit, lemons and flowers lead into more citrus flavors, and lively, fresh minerality. Meanwhile, this is another Pitt-Perrin wines.
La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2021 ($12)
Famille Perrin also produces this holiday rosé, which is soft, smooth, balanced and easy-drinking. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah reveals aromas and flavors of citrus, strawberries and cherries, threaded with minerality and salinity. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by good acidity. And at this price, you can’t go wrong. Famille Perrin notes that 2021 is a vintage marked by freshness, similar to the vintages in the eighties and nineties.
Summary: Holiday Rosé
In conclusion, the holidays are a perfect time for rosé. Any one of these Famille Perrin wines could grace your table. They also work as gifts, or bottles to take to parties. As well, rosé is food-friendly and affordable. We know we’ll be opening several holiday rosés over the next few weeks.
Thank you, Vineyard Brands, for the samples. We will be buying more.
Margot and Dave