A Rosé by Another Name Might Make You Blush

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Photo of three Roses from the Finger LakesFor many years the Finger Lakes "suffered" from a reputation that it could only make sweet Catawba-based Rosé wine. Years later the California based White Zinfandel is credited by many snobs as ruining the notion of a good Rosé. I'm not a big fan of White Zinfandel but I do credit it with being the wine that got a lot of people into drinking wine. It is one wine that a large number of people decided they could enjoy drinking in a restaurant without feeling like they were order some kiddie wine. There are also a large number of people that enjoy the sweeter Catawba based Rosés (like Hazlitt's Red Cat) who would never be caught dead with a dry wine in their glass. To each their own, the only good wine is the wine you like. However, if you like dry wine, you will be happy to learn that there is a growing trend in the Finger Lakes toward a Dry Rose or Dry Blush.

A few years ago a Dry Rose' or Dry Blush was hard to find in the Finger Lakes wineries, but it is getting to the point where many of the wineries are each producing one. The resurgence in Dry Rosés (wine from red grapes separated early from its skins) and Dry Blushes (wine from white grapes mixed with just a bit of red for color) is welcome because in either case it fills a void for good dry wine with some stronger flavors that can take a bit of chill. I have found that the Dry Rosé is a nice alternative in the heat of summer when it is just too warm for a big bold red wine. Dry Rosés also have a great capacity for pairing with food. They nicely fit where both Whites and Reds typically reign. Personally, our Thanksgiving table is always adorned with either a great dry Riesling or a Gewurztraminer from the Finger Lakes. However this year, a few Dry Rosés from the area took center stage at the Thanksgiving table.

Some of my recent favorites (in no particular order):

Reviews from other wine tasters:

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