I can’t believe I’m saying it, but summer is coming to an end. I’m trying to get everything off my summer bucket list and that includes drinking all the rosé I can get my hands on. My favourite drink of the summer is definitely having a moment: from being referred to in Ant Man – (yes the Marvel movie) to this New York Magazine article: rosé has gone mainstream. And why not? As I mentioned in my first Wining Wednesday article, rosé is the perfect summer wine. It’s fruity and crisp, sweet and tart all at the same time.
Rosé is mainly a seasonal wine, with only a few select brands remaining in the LCBO over the winter months. Sadly, one of my favourite discoveries this rosé season won’t be sticking around much longer; so I say run to your local LCBO while they still have supplies. What wine has my heart skipping a beat? It’s Sibling Rivalry Pink – a rosé that’s a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Gamay, and it’s produced in our own backyard. Yes, this is an Ontario wine that’s packed with flavour.
The Wine: Sibling Rivalry Pink
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon/Pinot Noir/Gamay
Location: St. Catherines, Ontario
The Speck brothers are the brains behind Sibling Rivalry, and you may have tried wine under their Henry of Pehlam label as well. These brothers know good wine and they’re having fun while making it. Sibling Rivalry is relaxed; pretty much the opposite of stuffy. The wine is simply great. They also make a red and a white under the Sibling Rivalry label, and both are excellent.
So I have the perfect summer wine in my hand and I have the perfect location – a rooftop where I can see the Toronto skyline on a perfect summer’s eve. Seriously – how good does this wine look against the backdrop of our amazing city at magic hour? But you know what? It tastes even better. Strawberry flavours dominate, with hints of melon and cherry. There’s a peppery smell to the wine, which adds depth. This rosé is so juicy, it reminds me of the fresh raspberries that grow in my boyfriend’s parents backyard. This is a bountiful rosé, one that’s full of berry flavours without being too sweet.
I’m really sad to see summer go, but I’ll be even sadder to see this rosé disappear from the shelves of the LCBO soon. Before the leaves start turning orange and I dig out my sweaters from the bottom of my closet, I’m going to drink as much rosé as I can, on as many rooftops as I can. Someone pass me the Sibling Rivalry Pink please!
The Final Wine Word:
4 stars out of 5!