Clink & Drink Pink! The Rosé Report


“It’s summertime and the living is easy”. Our team of Savvy Sommeliers sampled countless bottles of rosé wines made in Ontario to compile The Rosé Report.

One Dozen Roses - Savvy CompanyThis will take the guess work out of what taste awaits in many bottles of rosés.  Here are just a few of the rosés to get you started. Watch this space for the full report – and it is ongoing throughout the summer – right here at  Each week we will highlight a couple of must try Ontario Rosés.  Bring on summer!

It is not all rosy when it comes to rosé wines, as many people are stuck on the idea that rosés are sweet.  Truth be told, they are anything but sweet.  Similar to white wines, rosés are also dry with a refreshing zing to quench your thirst. Many are low in alcohol (9% to 13%) and can range from any shade of pink from pale salmon to candy floss to even light red.

“Rosé wines unleash the creativity in a winemaker. They can be made from any combination of grape variety resulting in dramatically different styles,” says Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “There are so many exceptional rosé wines made right here in Ontario but not all are available at the LCBO. We’ve launched this One Dozen Rosés and The Rosé Report to help you experience those hidden gems.”

 ~ The Rosé Report ~

Rosehall Run Pixie Sparkling Rosé 2012

Rosehall Run PixiePrince Edward County, $17.95
Where to buy? From the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

A glass of this bubbly will make anyone happy. A new creation by Dan Sullivan, the owner and winemaker at Rosehall Run Vineyards in ‘The County’, this is a one-of-a-kind mouth watering sparkling wine is made with a unique blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Zwiegelt grapes.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  Aromas and tastes of ripe wild strawberries and juicy watermelon with zesty hints of lime and dried cranberries. The nice clean finish is dry with a crispness that lingers until the next sip…and the next…and the next…

Pop open when friends come over un-expectantly, or those nights when you call out for sushi or chill one for your next picnic. Try your hand at the Watermelon and Feta Salad recipe below – it is a hit with this wine.


Rosehall Run Just One Rosé VQA 2013

Rosehall Run 2013_Just_One_Rose_v2 (2)Prince Edward County, $17.95
Where to buy? From the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

An understated wine that transforms in your glass with each sip.  An interesting blend of Gamay Noir & Pinot Noir grapes from Prince Edward County, Rosehall’s winemaker Dan Sullivan again shows off his talent for making fine wines in ‘The County’.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A gorgeous salmon colour in the glass makes way for delicate yet zippy aromas & tastes of rhubarb, cranberry, sour cherry, floral & citrus (think pink grapefruit).

Suggested Food Pairing:  This light bodied & delicate wine can easily be overpowered with food, so chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge then uncork this bottle to sip on its own, enjoy with smoked salmon, chilled shrimp or a spinach salad.


Pondview Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA 2013

Pondview 2013 Cab Franc Rose-smNiagara-on-the-Lake, $15.00
Where to buy? LCBO, from the winery directly or order our special One Dozen Rosés

When he was only 19, Lou Puglisi saved enough money to buy a Camaro sports car…then his father talked him into buying farm land instead.  Taking the wise advice, Lou began as a grape grower, then 3 years ago, he opened his doors as Pondview Estates Winery…and he never did buy a sports car!

This rosé wine is made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes.  This grape is often used for blending, but now it is growing so well at numerous wineries throughout Ontario, winemakers are crafting wines without blending it with any other grapes.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes:  “Summer time in a glass” said Savvy Sommelier Shawn McCormick after one sip.  A stunning sunset colour, this wine is loaded with aromas and tastes of fresh picked strawberries, peaches & nectarines.  Slightly off-dry, this medium bodied wine has good acidity that makes it a refreshing for summer sipping. “A glass or two of this wine with a lawn chair and a good book would be a perfect pairing”, smiles Savvy Sommelier Eva Nagy.

Rosé wines delivered to your home, office…even cottage!

Introducing the brand new One Dozen Rosés . Each month throughout the summer – July, August & September – Savvy Sommeliers will offer 12 bottles of different rosé wines from across Ontario.  Next to the taste, the best part of this new way to buy hard-to-find rosé wines is free shipping. You don’t even have to get up off your lawn chair to order.


~ Recipes to Enjoy with your Rosé wines ~

Watermelon Black Olive Salad Watermelon salad

4 cups seedless watermelon cut in ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions
Place in a large salad bowl & set aside

For Vinaigrette
1 Tablespoon garam marsala*
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
¼ cup olive oil

Mix together all ingredients for vinaigrette.  Gently mix in vinaigrette to cover watermelon.  Chill until ready to serve.  This can be enjoyed as a side salad or thread watermelon cubes on a skewer with black olives and pour vinaigrette over top and serve as a kebab.  Refreshing with a crunch and a zing!

*Garam Marsala is an East Indian spice mixture that generally includes coriander seed, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, tumeric, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon.  Purchase a package of this spice mixture at an Indian grocery or health food store.


Enjoy…and remember to Clink & Drink Pink!


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