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Rosé goes mainstream!

It’s so exciting when a wine that was once mis-understood goes mainstream. That’s how we feel about rosé this year. Sure, dry rosé sales have been climbing for over a decade, with lots more consumers drinking and appreciating the delicious pink drink, but only recently has dry rosé become what we’ll call, “mainstream.” How do we define this? While there is no exact definition, I like to call something mainstream when it hits pop culture. And that’s what rosé has done. Can you imagine one of the cast members of “Friends” popping open a rosé for a date and making it look cool? Though on the rise, dry rosé was not quite there yet in the 90s. But perhaps now it is!

Check out this great clip of the show, “Up All Night”, with Maya Rudolph, as it showcases the Whispering Angel Rosé, a wine we feature today, the last day of July!

Though Maya claims to drink this wine “like kool-aid,” we can tell you that the flavors are anything BUT! True to Provence rosé style, the color is light salmon, or “onion skin,” and the nose is rich berry, light flowers and stone mineral notes. The palate delivers what a good dry rosé should – lots of berry fruit, a strong acidic backbone, and lingering finish. Whispering Angel, however, gives you a bit more, with its texture. Still bone dry, still berry/floral/mineral driven, this wine has an absolutely gorgeous, silky-smooth texture that keeps going and going.

Though I don’t drink Kool-Aid, I could say that I could drink this wine like Pellegrino (and I drink a lot of that).

 

WineShopper Anniversary Week!

It’s WineShopper Anniversary Week! What does this mean? Well, first, it means WineShopper has been serving up incredible wine deals for 2 years now! Geez, that went fast… Second, it means we’re going to roll out our BEST DEALS of the year all week next week (June 11 – 17). And finally, it means we’re planning some games and contests to keep you entertained all week long! Each day, through Facebook and Twitter, WineShopper will be offering contests, games and other opportunities for you to win a $100 WineShopper gift card!

Here are the rules:
– Each opportunity to win will be announced at 9amPST every day (June 11 – 15) on the WineShopper Facebook and/or Twitter page.
– Entries will close at 8pm everyday
– Winners will be chosen at random and alerted the following day via Facebook or Twitter
– The gift card can be redeemed on WineShopper or Wine.com

In the meantime, make sure you are signed up for our WineShopper e-mails so you can be alerted of when these deals hit! This week is the best yet, so you don’t want to miss it!

Creating that perfect case

Let’s say you could only order 12 bottles, but you wanted a bit of every style. How do you build that “perfect” case. Since it differs for everyone, we are here to help give you some guidelines, but let you choose the exact bottles! Check out our selections of wines for the perfect case. Order one of each or a few of your favorites. Today we’re offering 10% off a case of wines from our selection. Here’s what we’d pull together – 2 sparkling, 3 whites and 7 reds. Of course a perfect case for you may be all reds. Or no sparkling wines. Or somewhere in between. So mix it up and make it your perfect case. Some ideas for you…

Sparkling
Prosecco: Always a great wine to have on hand for guests or popcorn :)
Other Sparkling: We love Cremant d’Alsace - a great bubbly from France without the Champagne price.

White
Riesling: It’s about having a great food wine, and Riesling offers that.
Pinot Gris: Oregon is the perfect place to snag a richly textured yet refreshing Pinot Gris.
Chardonnay (or other rich white): Because you have to have a Chardonnay in the line up… If not Chardonnay, a decadent Viognier blend.
Chenin Blanc: Underrated, great value and terrific food wine!

Reds
Pinot Noir: Whether you are an Oregon or California follower, a great new world Pinot is a perfect wine for a case. On some days a case of Pinot is my perfect case…
Red Rhone blend : From Australia, California or the Rhone, this style of wine is one of those perfect food wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blend: California makes some great ones, though you’ll find delicious examples of this grape just about everywhere! We selected our favorites in this Perfect Case list.
South American blend: Between Malbec and Carmenere, South America has some incredible wines. They are mixing it up and making delicious blends, which our some of our (and the critics!) favorites right now.
Italian Gem: Have to have an Italian red in the mix. Great food wine, classic example of old world style.
Aussie Shiraz: Gone are the it-tastes-like-a-$10-wine and here are some great examples of quality Australian wine – it’s what they do best!

Enjoy building your case!

Wine Wednesday: Buitoni and Italian Wines

It’s Wine Wednesday! For the past month (and for a few more weeks) Buitoni USA is hosting a weekly sweepstakes to give away a Wine.com gift card. What’s not to love about that? Simply sign up on the Buitoni Facebook page for your chance to win.

In honor of that, I thought I’d give out a little Italian grape variety run-down, as Italian wines are perfect pairings for the myriad of foods that Buitoni offers.

Pinot Grigio (white) – who doesn’t know this grape?!?! Pinot Grigio (known as Pinot Gris in many other areas of the world) produces a light and crisp wine for the most part, though some versions can have a bit more weight and showcase more ripe fruit. Most show bright citrus notes, with crisp acidity and a refreshing finish. Delicious with pasta or poultry and a lemon-based sauce.

Falanghina (white) – A grape hailing from the southern parts of Italy, Falanghina makes a richer white, with aromas and flavors like flowers and tropical fruit. It’s a lovely match to a creamy white sauce.

Arneis (white) – From the Piedmont region of Italy, Arneis has almost a “nutty” characteristic that sets it apart. It has elegant aromas of citrus and white flowers, as well as a crisp backbone that makes it excellent with food. A great match for pasta with olive oil-based sauces.

Sangiovese (red) – The most well-known Italian grape, Sangiovese is the backbone for the classic Tuscan wines of Italy, like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montalpulciano. It is classically food-friendly, with bright red fruit and excellent acidity. Pair it with anything that contains a tomato-based sauce.

Barbera (red) – Hailing from the Piedmont region of Italy, Barbera is a delightful, ligth-bodied, food-friendly grape. With ripe berry fruit, a touch of spice and great acidic structure, it’s one of my favorites to pair with pizza, though it’s also excellent with red sauces and white meats.

Nebbiolo (red) – The burly, tannic grape of Piedmont, Nebbiolo is used to make Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s most age-worthy wines. Known for the two aromas of “tar and roses,” Nebbiolo produces wines that can be bold and tannic, but with great ripe fruits, floral notes and an excellent backbone. Good with red meat or hearty sauces and stews.

Aglianico (red) – Often called the “Barolo of the South,” Aglianico is a bit more plush and velvety than it’s Nebbiolo counterpart. It has lots of spice, herbal notes and berry flavors, as well as a touch of licorice on some occasions. It’s quite good with local Italian cheeses or Italian pasta dishes.

Italy is such a wonderfully diverse region with a variety of wines that are terribly food-friendly! After all, Italy is a region that considers wine as food and rarely is a meal served without it. So grab a bottle of one of the wines listed above and enjoy it with some great Italian food! Cheers!