If you know me, you know how much I love wine; so it makes sense that my first official column for Small Girl Medium City is a review not only about wine, but my favourite wine of the season: rosé. Before I get down to boozy business, let me go over some rules for my wine column that I will totally, absolutely break:
1) No wine reviewed here will be over $20. Let’s keep it cheap, cheerful and delicious.
2) I will not review a Pinot Grigio ever. Pinot Gris on the other hand is fair game.
3) I will probably have a glass of wine in hand while writing these reviews.
As mentioned, I love rosé. I mean who doesn’t want to drink pink wine all the time? With Instagram accounts like Yes Way Rosé gaining thousands of followers, and numerous brands forming enticing pink and salmon-coloured dedicated displays at the LCBO, it’s safe to say that it is finally rosé season. Now, some of you (like my mom – hi Mom!) assume rosé is a sweet wine, along the lines of those sugary sweet syrups we drank when we were ahem, younger, most rosé is in fact tart, but still deliciously juicy. Rosé is not made by mixing red and white wines together, another wine misconception. Rosé is actually made by incorporating some of the grape skins into the wine – just enough to give it that amazing colour. The darker the colour of the rosé, the more it will taste similar to red wine, which is made in a similar way.
All this talk of wine is making me thirsty; so let’s start drinking!
The Wine: Lazy Days
Grape Variety: Unspecified (it’s a Rosé blend)
Location: South Africa
I’ve been meaning to check this rosé out for a while, not only because of the name, but the bottle just invokes lazy Sunday barbecues and backyard hangs. Given the label and the name, Lazy Days is tarter than I expected, but it still packs a juicy punch with a nice, clean finish. There aren’t many tasting notes on the bottle, but it does describe this wine as the kind you’ll want to drink during “a perfect South African summer’s day.” At first sip, I’m definitely getting notes of tart and sour summer berries. Please note: this is not a bad thing! As the wine warms up, the flavours come out more.
Pro tip: some wine experts believe that you should put red wine in the fridge ten minutes before you want to drink it and take white wine out of the fridge ten minutes before you want to drink it. This enhances the flavour of the wine, but I’m usually too impatient to follow these rules.
Okay, back to the wine in my hand. The more I drink it the more I like it, but I think I need a second glass to make sure. Be right back.
To sum up, for the price, this wine is a steal. It’s got great hints of berries and melon undertones; it’s tart, soft, but still very flavourful.
The Final Wine Word: 3.5 bottles out of 5.
Happy Wining Wednesday!