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Expert Picks: Pojer & Sandri and Alfred Gratien

Posted on | April 12, 2016 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014When you live in the North, usually the longest season is not winter, it’s the bridge between winter and spring. This year I am not sure what we would even call it given the dramatic temperature swings we have experienced over the past few months. When in doubt on whether to drink red or white, reach for the wine in the middle, rosé. And when I say rosé, I’m talking about serious wine.

Gone are the days when pink wine was dismissed. Sure, there are some pretty terrible examples available at the local supermarket, but I prefer to focus only on the wines that are not merely fruity and fun but also complex and cerebral, triggering all of the senses. Today I am highlighting two very different rosé expressions, one unique expression from Trentino Alto-Adige and another that’s bright with bubbles from a classical Champagne producer in France.

Pojer & Sandri 2013 Vin dei Molino Rosato $22.99

This Rosato is made from the strangely named Rotberger grape, a cross of Schiava and Riesling, and this wine is different from just about any other rosé I have tasted from Italy. Bone-dry but with an abundance of wild berries, this wine offers bright acidity with a rich mouth-feel and vibrant, tangy finish. It’s a wine that gives the satisfaction of a red while awakening the palate with the refreshing qualities of a mineral-laden white; in short, this is a perfect “anytime” wine.

Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV $59.99

This pinky-salmon rosé offers vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas with hints of rose, white tea and chalky minerals. On the palate this bubbly is refreshingly tangy with bright red fruit character, impressive clarity and lingering stony finish. There is no wrong occasion for bubbly rosé, in my opinion!

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