We had a long wait for the heatwave here in Northumberland and whilst waiting for the next one which is just around the corner it’s time to chill the Rosé wine, put on a crisp summer dress and strap on the sandals.
A good Rosé wine is a delight in the summer enjoyed with friends alfresco on a sunny day with tasty snacks. Those of you who have visted our shoe shop will know Deryn who also works for local wine merchant Denhoffer Wines and here are her tips.
Why not try a glass of Jean Luc Columbo, Les Pins Couches 2013, made from Shiraz Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes. This delightful, crisp, Provencal Rose is spicy with a hint of cherries, rose petals and pepper on the nose. The taste is surprisingly complex and a fabulous option to enjoy with almost any appetiser. Just open and serve. A fresh and crisp glass of chilled Rose will refresh and get the conversation going.
For a gorgeous accompaniment to go with this wine, try this great snack:
Toss your favourite nuts in a pan together with; 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar, sea salt and a sprinking of cayenne pepper or paprika and a dash of olive oil. Warm through until the sugar has dissolved and serve straight away.
The mixture of intense flavours will beautifully complement drink, with it’s sweet and savoury elements and the delicious crunch from the caramelised nuts.
Another Rose, off-dry is Chateau de la Roulerie Rose d’Anjou, from the Loire valley. This young wine is made from Grolleau and Gamay grapes. Crystal clear with a salmon pink hue and beautiful intensity. Rich and aromatic with a hint of liquorice and toffee. Clear, but balanced by a fine acidity. You can get these two beautiful wines from our local wine merchant in Newton Village.
Enjoy your summer.