Thanks to @winestudio and @lusciouslushes I was asked to take part in the Sonoma Rosé Revolution on June 21st. I participated in an hour long tweet-fest with bloggers across the U.S. over the bottle of our 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel each of them had received. What fun it was to type madly trying to answer everyone’s questions. My fingers needed a break an hour later. Thankfully I was able to lift my wine glass for a last sip of Rosé!
Here are some of the questions and answers in 140 characters or less:
“Intentional Rosés: Rosés are what they are-or are they?”
I think Rosés are in a class by themselves-not quite red not quite white but like Goldilocks they are just right.
Our Dry Rosé of Zinfandel is not a mistake and never was. It was our (my grandfathers') intention to introduce a Rosé to our line of wines.
“Do you feel Zin has a bad reputation for Rosé?”
Just a bit-raised eyebrows but then they taste it and know there is a difference.
It ain't your grandmother's White Zin.
“Should there be specific rosé criteria?”
I'd hate to put rules down for rosé. It is in a class by itself and even with Chardonnay you have a full spectrum.
“Any life lessons you’d like to share?”
Patience is a virtue. Wisdom comes from time and experience. Intuition is the guiding hand.
Family, great vineyards and authentic wines. Our way of life is the reason our wines are remarkable.
Some comments from the hundreds of tweets we all shared:
Top takeaways from #winestudio tonight - let #rosé warm a little, #rosé goes with many foods & old zin vines make great #rosé
What a great informative show tonight. Oh and the wine wasn't to shabby either LOL.
Color is key! The color of this wine is gorgeous.
These ripely fruited, fleshy rosés with mouthwatering acidity pair nicely with barbecue fare (and more importantly, thick, sweeter sauces). Yum!
Keeps evolving with subtle nuances. Well made wine. #winestudio
Follow @Pedroncelli you’ll see the whole online discussion. Here’s hoping I get to do this again. In the meantime, a toast to summer and the perfect wine for it: Dry Rosé of Zinfandel.
And now for some photos that were shared throughout the hour:
Rosé of Zin & Carbonara from @ArtPredator
@Fiery01Red tempted us with Lamb Chops
@ToledoWinesandVines grilled up salmon-one of my favorite pairings.