Once thought to be a fad and passing trend, our affection for Rosés show no sign of declining. With a stark increase in sales over the last decade, and higher-priced rosés showing an impressive double-digit growth we look to our local experts to get their take on the best options for Summer sipping.
Scott Kurzawinski, General Manager
Scott Kurzawinski, General Manager at Ft. Lauderdale’s popular dining spots, Pizza Craft and Apothecary 330 is a fan.
“Rosé wines are versatile and pair well with many different cuisines. They are higher in acidity and elegant without overpowering the meal.” Says Scott.
Two of his favorites include Sartori Rosé from the Veneto Region and Unparalleled Rosé from Coteaux Varois en Provence, France. The Sartori Rosé is a beautiful soft blush color and offers fresh, bright fruit flavors. Scott suggests his guests pair this rosé with the Cheese and Charcuterie plates from the Pizza Craft menu.
Unparalleled Rosé, which is made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes is a dry rosé with refreshing acidity. With flavors of pomegranate and grapefruit, this wine pairs well with a wide variety of foods, from salads to grilled meats. From the Pizza Craft menu, Scott suggests pairing this rosé with the Spicy Soppressata Pizza.”
RECOMMENDATION: Unparalleled Rosé Cuvee, & Sartori di Verona Bardolino Chiaretto DOC
Fritz Zwahlen, Executive Chef
THYME, Carillon Miami Beach
World-renowned Executive Chef Fritz Zwahlen of the oceanfront restaurant, THYME at Carillon Miami Beach suggests light dry rosés for summer sipping.
“A Light, dry rosé is a perfect option for hot weather drinking. Make sure to serve it chilled. Most Provençal rosés, Pinot Noir based rosés from Burgundy and the Loire, and Italian Bardolino Chiaretto” make great selections, says Chef Fritz. “They go very well with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish, as well as with goat cheese.”
Consider Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir Rosé, fresh and fruity with citrus and red flower notes. Ample and full, this wine is well-balanced and is altogether harmonious.
If you plan on dining at Thyme (and we suggest you do); Chef Fritz recommends enjoying a glass of rosé with their delicious goat cheese and roasted beet salad or the Fresh King crab rolls with a spicy dipping sauce currently available on THYME’s summer menu.
RECOMMENDATION: Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir Rose, Burgundy, France
Ilya Panchernikov, Managing Director
Caviar Russe –Miami
“At Caviar Russe our go to rosés this summer are Chateau D’ Esclans Les Clans and Chateau La Gordonne La Chapelle.”
Chateau La Gordonne La Chapelle presents both fresh and complex flavors with apricot, grapefruits and strawberry aromas. The perfect accompaniment to rich seafood such as lobster where the finesse and fat in the crustacean marry perfectly with the wine. Chateau D’ Esclans Les Clans is Subtle, with oak aged character, light strawberry and pear aromas.
“These are two tremendous wines with excellent body composition.” Ilya recommends that his guest pair these with “high quality raw ingredients such a tuna, Hamachi, and especially Caviar.”
RECOMMENDATION: Chateau D’ Esclans Les Clans, & Chateau La Gordonne La Chapelle