Pairing Rosé wine with Pizza
Pairing Rosé wine with Pizza – Definitely, Summer is the official season for rose wine. When the days start getting longer and the temperature rises, the mind turns to signs of summer: sandals, enjoying the outdoors, and of course sipping a glass of rosé.
Rose is very versatile with food. Depending on its style, it can pair well with fish, poultry, veggies and even red meat! For instance, you can have a chilled rose with a seafood salad or if you are like me just with pizza!
Despite pizza’s general humility, a wine pairing elevates it — not because wine makes meals more elegant but because wine is the best partner to food that have ever existed. Wine makes pizza even better than it is on its own. Just remember a few things, and you’ll be fine.
First, most pizza is salty, and a great wine quality to partner with salt is acidity. The same goes for the fattiness that the cheese brings. Cut it with acidity in wine. Generally speaking, rose is fruity with a moderately high acidity.
White pizzas devoid of tomato sauce with light cheese toppings go marvelously well with fragrant roses from the Southern Rhone or Provence. For instance, with a pizza with bechamel,smoked salmon and emmental cheese try the Bandol Rosé 2016 ( SAQ # 13184056, $25.75). A marvelous rosé from Provence made with Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. Lovely citrus aromas such as blood orange, tangerinealln wrapped up in a delicate mantle of roasted herbs and cantaloupe. Full body and structured with a very elegant finish.
A simple pizza of fresh mozzarella and fresh rosemary screams for a Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. I recently tried the Les Béatines Coteaux d’Aix en Provence rosé 2017 ( SAQ # 11232261, $20.85). A fascinating rose with bright aromas of red berries, mediterranean citrus fruit and a roasted garrigue note.
Pizzas with tomato sauce need a bolder style of rose, specially if they have meat on it. If you are looking for a powerful bottle look no further than Travel in the Southern Rhone. When it comes to rosé, the wines of Travel are an odyssey to the dark side of the style, there are few roses in the world with such a deep colour.
Travel only make rosé, not white or red. Only rose wine can carry the Tavel appellation designation. Many producers in the region make ends meet by making white and red wines in close by appellations that allow them, such as Lirac or Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
More full-bodied than most rosés, Grenache and Cinsault are the key grapes in Tavel, though Syrah, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Calitor, Carignan, Bourboulenc and Clairette are also allowed. There are two excellent Tavel Producers available at the SAQ to start your journey in the appellation: Domaine du Veil Aven ( SAQ # 00640193, $18.75) and Domaine De La Mordorée. ( SAQ # 12376881, $28.00). The Veil Aven is very floral with nuances and aromas of ripe red fruits and autumn leaves with a lovely spicy kick. La Mordorée is deeper and concentrated displaying notes of macerated red berries and roasted garrigue notes with a round almost oily texture.
Other recommended roses, your turn to try:
Château de Miraval Côtes de Provence 2017 SAQ # 12296988 $22.20
Chateau Miraval Rosé is made on the estate of the Hollywood stars Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie and in partnership with Perrin Family , one of the most successful wine families in France.This Miraval Rosé is an amazing and rosé made from the grapes Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah & Rolle
Despite separating in 2016, it’s business as usual for their actors at their Provence estate Château Miraval. Pitt and Jolie bought the 500-hectare Miraval in 2011 for a reported $60 million. The estate spans the Côteaux Varois-en-Provence and Côtes de Provence appellations. The domaine also makes two white wines and a extra virgin olive oil.
Aromas of lavender, cantaloupe with raspberries, lemon and lime zest as well. On the palate, very elegant and harmonious, almost silky like texture with floral tones of lilac and violets. Fresh with a perfumed finale. Best vintage for Miraval and highly recommended to buy for the upcoming summer. Pizza pairing: smoked salmon, ricotta and confit onion pizza
Pétale de Rose Côtes de Provence 2017 SAQ # 00425496 $20.95
Château la Tour de l’Évêque Rosé is owned by the highly respected Régine Sumeire, third-generation Côtes de Provence winemaker, whose family owns at least three other wineries in Provence. The Sumeires were pioneers in the wine business in Provence, developing early on what has been described to as a “winemaking empire” in the Var département of Provence.
Régine is one of the first women winemakers in Provence and the recipient of many accolades including being selected by her peers to be a Chevalier-ranked member of the Académie du Vin de France. And, more important, Régine was instrumental in creating “Pétale de Rose,” the name she christened her two rosé cuvées that are produced using a specific vinification process—apparently unique in Provence—that results in a particularly pale translucent color of rosé
Aromas of red currants, red peaches complemented by wild strawberries, fresh aromatic herbs and tobacco leaf. Very elegant and fresh with flavors reminiscent of white flowers such as peonies and white lilacs. Very long and persistent finale. Pizza pairing: scallop, bacon and spinach pizza.
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