Summer vino – by any color
When it comes to vinos outside the standard reds and whites, there’s no need to be a wine snob this summer.”People need to get over thinking rosés are tickley sweet pinks,” said Ken Robinson, owner of Roaring Fork Liquors in Glenwood Springs. “We had a rosé at our weekly tasting, and it was like pulling teeth to get people to try it. Rosés can be the ultimate kind of wine when sitting on a veranda and watching the sun set.”Robinson suggested Bonny Doon’s Big House Pink 2004 for wine aficionados skittish about rosés, which were as popular in the ’70s as avocado-hued appliances and fondue sets as wedding gifts.”These wines are for drinking, not for thinking,” Robinson said. “The real rosés are nice, light and fruity, and not like the pink wines in the big jugs.”Rosés are so popular that even Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse in Glenwood – a restaurant Wine Spectator magazine has honored twice – is adding a selection to its award-winning list of more than 200 labels.”We’ll be adding a rosé soon,” said CiCi Zumwinkle, co-owner of Juicy Lucy’s along with her husband, David. “We’re very proud of our wine list because we offer well-priced, delicious wines that go well with summer foods such as fish, chicken, salads and just about any of our appetizers.”Not only is the rosé a nice wine to pair with summer food, but Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are top choices for picnics and barbecues.”German Gewürztraminers are great summer wines,” Zumwinkle said. “They are a little bit bigger than Rieslings and go well with chicken or fish, and even salmon, which has bigger flavor because it’s a redder meat. The German Rieslings are also wonderful in the summer because they are slightly off-dry and can be drank alone.”Robinson agreed.”Rieslings are making a comeback,” he said. “The German Rieslings are light, low in alcohol and, when they taste of apricots and pears, go really well with summer spicy foods because they take away from the heat.”He also said red wines are a hit with summer foods that require the smoky, open flame of a charcoal grill.”There’s nothing better than burnt meat and cabernet,” Robinson said. “Red zinfandels are great for barbecue.”Robinson also said to not rule out sparkling wines when planning a summer luncheon or dinner party on the deck or in the park. “There is an Italian sparkling wine called prosecco that is from a different region than the spumante wines,” he said. “It is lighter and very refreshing – a good picnic wine with nice presentation because it pops when you open it.”This summer pop open a pink, red or white wine – and don’t let color determine how the wine treats the palate.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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