I’ve read quite a few reviews, articles and blog posts about the wonders of Rosé but until recently I was firmly convinced that it was, well, just terrible! In my mind, Rosé was no different from the sickly sweet bottles of Boone’s Farm that gave me hangovers in my high school days…or at least as bad as the bottled “wine coolers” we sipped poolside when I was in college. Thankfully I’ve developed a more sophisticated taste in wine!
Needless to say, I was dubious when my friend brought a bottle of Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé to a dinner party at my house. I eyed the bottle of light pink “wine” suspiciously, sure that she’d bought it because of it’s pretty label, but I thanked her and, at her urging, opened it up.
It was love at first sip! This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Rosé – it was simultaneously tart, sweet, crisp, slightly dry, and surprisingly well-balanced and complex in it’s flavors and aromas. There were hints of watermelon, pomegranate, and a touch of rose petals on the nose, but it tasted of bright, fresh berries, currants and lavender and had a luscious, creamy finish.
I’ve bought this delightful wine several times since that night, each time thinking of the many occasions it would be appropriate for. I had visions of picnics in the park, garden parties, bridal showers, and my favorite – Baby showers! I could envision chilled bottles of Sofia Rosé surrounded by vases of pink flowers and a gorgeous spread of fruits and hors d’oeuvres announcing the expected arrival of a baby girl. Regardless of the occasion, my mind has been permanently changed about the possibilities that Rosé has to offer.
Even though this wine is (in my opinion) the perfect drink for any Spring or Summer cocktail party, not all Rosés are created equal. I’ve since tried others, and they have sadly paled in comparison. If you’re not sure which ones to try, go to a wine shop and ask. You’ll find plenty of options to choose from in the $10-15 range.