As we draw days closer to discovering the winning rosé wines of 2017, Bob Ecker provides a little pre-competition insight and a look at what’s about to unfold. We’ll be in Healdsburg surrounded by hundreds of bottles of rosé on March 22nd, all in the name of research…and at the end we’ll be telling you what you’ll be drinking all year long!
In 2017, Rose Today – 2017 Competition received 239 entries from 12 US states as well as 9 countries including Austria, France, New Zealand and Morocco. And at a 56.1% growth rate in sales for the past year, this category is the fastest rising type of wine in the world.
Most of the entries were in the “dry” category, both domestic and international. All around the world, today’s winemakers are putting serious effort into producing refined, dry and semi-dry rosé wines that bear little resemblance to the lousy blush wines of yesteryear. Rosés are produced using various grapes including Rhone varietals such as Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsaut, but often Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and even Petite Sirah and Zinfandel are used. No matter what grapes or exact blend, rosés should be fresh, aromatic, fruity, slightly acidic with moderate to low alcohol levels.
As our professional judges will soon settle, our competition seeks to find the “best of the best” in the dry, sweet and sparkling rosé categories. Check back to see the results.
Watch this space for the announcement of our winning wines at the 2017 competition, and don’t forget to reserve your tickets for the Rosé Today Garden Party, where we’ll spend an afternoon tasting, reveling, and celebrating our favorite wine.