This extraordinary $16 French rosé proves that 2020 was a good year for pink


RECOMMENDED | Also, another exceptional French rosé, a Loire white, and two juicy reds from Chile and South Africa to savor.

April 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Spring is here, and the weather is warming, if inconsistently. Let’s welcome rosé season. And here’s some great news: From my initial tastings of 2020 French rosés, the vintage was outstanding. Here are two examples that could almost convince me that I don’t need any others for the summer, they are so good. A caveat though: Shipping woes from the pandemic — even before the Suez Canal incident — have slowed the arrival of wines from Europe and elsewhere. Luckily, there are plenty of this week’s recommendations in stock, including an amazing Muscadet from France’s Loire Valley and two juicy, spicy reds from Chile and South Africa.


Domaine des Herbauges Eléon’Or Rosé 2020


Loire Valley, France, $16

One of my favorite activities of spring is tasting through the new crop of rosés in anticipation of dinners on the patio or cool refreshment after a trail hike. This beauty suggests the 2020 rosés from France will make our summer of 2021 especially delicious. The blend is grolleau noir (an obscure Loire grape), gamay and merlot. The color is a bright pale pink that somehow seems to refract light into flavors of strawberries, cherries and candied raspberries. Stock up on this, even as you explore others. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent

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Wine not? New canned rosé breaks French drinking taboo

Cans of beer are 10 a penny, and you can buy cider and even G&T in ring-pulls, but a wine giant has broken a taboo by selling canned rosé.

The 25cl Moncigale Méd­iter­ranée Rosé cans, aimed initially at young UK and US buyers, will also be sold in supermarkets and festival bars here. Moncigale sales director Franck Bourguignon told Connexion: “It is exactly the same rosé IGP Méditerranée wine, loaded with fruit, which you buy in a bottle. We decided to aim at a quality product, using the best of modern technology to profit from advances made in making cans which can hold wine.” [ . . . ]

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Tasting Highlights: 12 French Rosé Wine Discoveries

New Wine Spectator reviews of rosé wines from Provence, Corsica, Languedoc and more for $25 or less

In France, rosé is more popular than white wine. So it’s no surprise that French winemakers throughout the country are producing high-quality pink wines. In this week’s selection, we’ve put together 12 rosés from throughout France at $25 or less, each perfect for mid-summer sipping.

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Trump could target French wine with tariffs

That bottle of French wine may be getting more expensive. 

That bottle of French wine may be getting more expensive.

President Trump said Monday that he plans to “do something” about the European Union tariffs imposed on American wine, saying the U.S. pays too much to export wine to France while the U.S. imposed low tariffs to import French wine.

“France charges us a lot for the wine. And yet we charge them very little for French wine,” the president told, adding that California winemakers have complained to him about the EU tariffs.

“So the wineries come to me and say…’Sir, we’re paying a lot of money to put our product into France, and you’re letting’ — meaning, this country is allowing — ‘these French wines, which are great wines, but we have great wines too — allowing it to come in for nothing. It’s not fair,”’ Trump said.

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The Last Rose (Wines) of Summer

Rose Wines for summer’s end


Recommended rose wines from France and Spain to enjoy during final days of summer.

After Labor Day, summer can seem like it’s a quickly fading memory. But the reality is there’s still technically a week or so left of summer (which ends on Sept. 21) depending on when you’re reading this article.

And when it comes to wine, nothing symbolizes summer better than rose wines.

Fortunately, there’s more than just one rose of summer still in full bloom. In fact, according to several wine store owners I’ve talked to over the years, if they could stock rose wines year-round, they probably would since they seem to sell like wildfire anytime they’re on the shelves. [ . . . ]

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