â€˜RosÃ© Seasonâ€™ is upon us again and at Benson weâ€™re watching a few trends: 1) the popularity of the rosÃ© category remains unflagging with wine lovers but, 2) seltzer and other adult beverages are taking a share of the consumerâ€™s wallet.
Writers: if youâ€™re challenged to find new and interesting angles, Bensonâ€™s client roster has several RosÃ© options to offer: from stories on unique packaging, to attention grabbing marketing campaigns, as well as some off the beaten path vineyard locales and wine styles.
Stylish Every Day
Bread & Butter California RosÃ© â€“ SRP $16 â€“ Choosing a delicious wine, especially rosÃ©, should be an easy choice to make. Donâ€™t overthink it and grab this bottle from the fastest growing wine brand in the $12-$15 category â€“ Bread & Butter. Leave the complexity to the winemaking team at Bread & Butter and simply enjoy the layered flavors of strawberry and melon and a balanced acidity that makes this pink wonder such a versatile wine.
Hahn California RosÃ© â€“ SRP $15 â€“ This rosÃ© comes from pinot noir grapes grown on the Arroyo Seco appellation in Monterey County where it was sustainably grown on a SIP-certified vineyard. The elegant beauty is pale salmon in color with soft aromas of red fruits, watermelon and grapefruit. This version is as accessible on the palate as it is on the wallet!
Say â€˜Ouiâ€™ to CÃ´tes de Provence
Barton &â€¯Guestierâ€¯CÃ´tesâ€¯de Provence Tourmalineâ€¯RosÃ© â€“ SRP $20 â€“ A stylish new addition to the Provence rosÃ© category, the punt at the bottom of this bottle is designed to resemble the famous pink gemstone after which this wine is named. Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault combine to provide a true-to-type ProvenÃ§al experience in the bottle. Oui oui!
Tangent Edna Valley RosÃ© (in 375ml can) â€“ SRP $6-8/375ml â€“ Pack this gorgeous can of rosÃ© from Californiaâ€™s Edna Valley for your next excursion and youâ€™ll be the host or hostess with the most-est. Easy to chill, easy to open, and definitely easy to enjoy! But always enjoy this one responsibly! Just a humble reminder that 375ml cans are equivalent to half a standard bottle; overindulging is always a â€˜can donâ€™t.â€™
Experience North Carolina Hospitality
Biltmore Reserve RosÃ©, North Carolina â€“ SRP $24 â€“ Drink up â€“ Vanderbilt style! Yes, North Carolina can produce some great wines. Grapes for this wine are grown on the eponymous estate in Asheville, where George Vanderbilt once hosted some of the best parties and provided top-notch hospitality. Ask us to put you in touch with winemaker Sharon Fenchak to see how she does it.
Pinotâ€™s Other Favorite Expression
Baileyana Edna Valley RosÃ© of Pinot Noir â€“ SRP $24 â€“ Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Edna Valley produces some of the freshest rosÃ© wines due to its cool climate and extended growing season. This rosÃ© produced on a SIP-certified vineyard is bursting with watermelon and strawberry aromas making it perfect year-round. Did we mention its gorgeous photo-ready bottle? Hello, wedding season!
Balletto Russian River Valley RosÃ© of Pinot Noir â€“ SRP $20 â€“ Made with estate-grown grapes from Russian River Valley, the Balletto RosÃ© of Pinot Noir is a testament to growing rosÃ© â€˜with intention,â€™ says winemaker Anthony Beckman. Anthony and owner John Balletto grow the pinot noir grapes for this rosÃ© with the express use for their RosÃ© of Pinot Noir.
POP! RosÃ© Sparkles, Too!
Graham Beck Brut RosÃ© NV â€“ SRP $20 â€“ Hailing from South Africaâ€™s Western Cape, this MÃ©thode Cap Classique Brut RosÃ© embodies style and elegance meant to be enjoyed during moments that matter. American wine lovers have really fallen in love with this wine.
Veuve du Vernay Ice RosÃ© â€“ SRP $15 â€“ Go ahead, you know you want to add a bit of ice. This delightful sparkler is MADE to be enjoyed over ice. Veuve du Vernayâ€™s Ice RosÃ© is slightly sweet, but not too sweet with floral aromas. Itâ€™s the easiest â€˜cocktailâ€™ ever for serving poolside or by the beach, so grab a wide-brimmed hat, some glasses and pour this during your next getaway or staycation.
Ballettoâ€¯Brut RosÃ©â€¯2015 â€“ SRP $42 – Thisâ€¯sparklingâ€¯Brut RosÃ©â€¯comesâ€¯fromâ€¯Balletto Vineyards,â€¯one of the few family-owned estate wineries in the Russian River Valley wine region of Sonoma County.â€¯Itâ€™sâ€¯delicate, pretty, and deliciousâ€¯â€“ theâ€¯soft,â€¯coral-huedâ€¯color sets the stage, and the tiny, persistent bubbles confirm that this is a serious sparkler. The aromas are integrated and fullâ€¯withâ€¯a dollop of cherry-strawberry that highlights the core mineral focus.â€¯Perfect for creating that coral focused Instagram page.