Best local rosé wines for the holidays
Rosé has come along way from the white zinfandel I remember my relatives drinking at family get-togethers. Today’s Paso Robles’ rosés are sophisticated and delicious. These Paso Robles rosé wines will pair well with lighter faire, appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped melon, smoked salmon and deviled eggs. They will also go well with baked ham, pork tenderloin and white meat of roasted turkey. For all the holiday chefs out there, consider enjoying rosé wines yourself as your prepare holiday meals. Remember to serve them chilled. Enjoy!
Recommended Paso Robles rosé wines for the holidays
Broken Earth Winery Grenache Rosé 2014 – $9.90
This wine has an array of delicate red berry fruit characters that flow through the palate and meld beautifully with the balancing bright acidity. Skin contact was used in fermentation to add a hint of firmness to the palate so the wine finishes clean in your mouth.
Burbank Ranch 2014 Zinfandel Rosé – $29
It might be nicknamed “Summer Dreams,” but this wine has lots to offer for the holiday season. The light rosé offers hints strawberry, raspberry and watermelon.
Circle B Vineyard Rosé de Garnacha – $24
This grenache-based rosé is made by Steve and Clara Baker at one of Paso Robles’ newer wineries, Circle B Vineyard. The wine has floral and citrus notes with light cranberry flavors, making it a perfect pair for a holiday meal. It will go well with appetizers and even turkey and fixin’s.
HammerSky Rosé – $34
This is not your mom’s white zinfandel. This non-vintage zinfandel rosé is soft and dry with subtle flavors of strawberry short cake, raspberry and watermelon. It’s a clean and delicious unfiltered wine. It’s a great wine to start a holiday party.
Pomar Junction Vineyard 2015 Syrah Rose – $20
This delightful rosé delivers flavors of pink cherries and strawberries. It’s dry, but very approachable. It’s perfect to drink on its own or serve at a holiday brunch.
Robert Hall Rosé de Robles 2015 – $14
A zesty rose with a light raspberry color and refreshing flavors of of berries and citrus. It’s a blend of syrah, grenache, cinsaut, mourvèdre and counoise. It recently won a double gold medal at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This a great wine to start a holiday party.
Shale Oak 2015 Rosé – $24
Grenache grapes take the lead in this dry rosé wine. It was held on the skins for 24 hours to achieve a light salmon color. Smell aromas of strawberry cream on the nose, and taste a dry finish with a little minerality. Its a great party starter with a low 12.2-percent alcohol.
Tackitt Family Vineyards Grenache Rosé – $22
A berry-hued wine with aromas of strawberry and rhubarb. It has a vibrant mouthfeel and flavors of apple blossoms and citrus zest.
Victor Hugo Les Mis 2015 Estate Rosé – $15
This rosé has a mild sweetness. It’s smooth with no dry ending, while still having a bright tang. It will pair well with a cool chicken salad and other light picnic foods.
Vina Robles 2015 Roseum – $16
This pink wine is packed with flavor and a great value. Its pressed from syrah grapes of the Paso Robles eastside’s Huerhuero Vineyard. It will pair well with quail, chicken, turkey and appetizers.
Paso Robles wine recommendations
- Best local sparkling wines for the holidays
- Best local rosé wines for the holidays
- Best local white wines for the holidays
- Best local Rhone-style white wines for the holidays
- Best local pinot noir wines for the holidays
- Best local zinfandel and Italian-style wines for the holiday
- Best local cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-style wines for the holidays
- Best local Rhone-style red wines for the holidays
- Best local dessert wines for the holidays
Publisher’s note: For the third year in a row we thought it would be fun to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and meals. Once again, I had no idea how much participation we would receive from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks we received more than 100 entries. The recommended wines are in alphabetical order.
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