*This is the first in what I hope will become a long standing series for Dad & Papa.
As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of wine, friends and laughter. As I started thinking about this blog post, I called my friend that makes me laugh and knows more about wine than any person I’ve ever met. It seemed like the right thing to do.
Before I talk about pink wine, let me tell you a little bit about Emily Wines. She’s a Master Sommelier. Scratch that. She’s one of the world’s top Sommeliers. She’s one of only 96 people in the United States to earn the designation of Master Sommelier. How amazing is that? She was also awarded the prestigious Remi Krug Cup for passing all three sections of the Master Sommelier Certification exam on her first attempt. Pretty incredible. And, she is one of two women to ever achieve this remarkable feat. Yep, she’s bad ass.
When I first met her, I was a little intimidated. She’s got the coolest hair you’ve ever seen and fills a room with her presence. But, she’s more than the accolades, style and confidence. She’s beyond thoughtful, hilariously irreverent, sweeter than your traditional Reisling and genuinely on this earth to make it a better place. She also throws one hell of a pink party, with you guessed it, all kinds of pink wines.
While it may never be my go-to wine, with the heat wave in California, a glass of Cab doesn’t sound quiet as refreshing. So, while summer may be officially coming to a close, it’s still hot. And, Emily assures me that real dads drink pink wine.
So, together we set out to find some super tasty, cost-effective pink wines that dads (or anyone else) around the world can enjoy. First tip, don’t take a toddler who is learning to walk to the wine store. But, do take Emily. It’s a trip. Instead of saying things like, “lovely, elegant, aromatic and fruit-forward on the nose” she says things like “that’s slutty and herbaceous” or “I’d bathe in that.” See, she makes me laugh.
So, here are four recommendations for all those dads out there that aren’t afraid to drink pink wine! Just don’t put it in a sippy cup, it can be easily confused.
Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel (Provence, France)
This wine comes from a winery that only produces rosé. They aren’t distracted by other techniques and wines. It’s an irresistible dry pink wine. You’ll definitely get the raspberry and strawberry aromas, so it’s the perfect crisp refresher for a really hot day. If you do fire up the grill in scorching heat, have a glass of this wine with some grilled salmon. Perfection, according to Emily. It’s refreshing, refined and modern. Put some in your cellar today!
Listel Gris, Sable de Camargue Rosé (Languedoc-Rousillion, France)
This top-rated wine is a delicious blend of three kinds of grapes. (Parker grabbed my phone at this point, and the recording stopped. So, I can’t tell you what kind of grapes they are.) However, it’s super fresh and bright. Again, more dry and less fruity. Real dads don’t like sweet wines. Real dads also aren’t afraid to describe wine as lovely, elegant and totally drinkable - which is exactly what this wine is.
Secco Italian Bubbles Rosé (Italy)
When you’re getting ready to celebrate any milestone (like your kid learns to potty train all on their own). Then, you definitely want to have some of this on hand. These bubbles are smooth and sexy. Think Justin Timberlake, except Italian. You’ll definitely get the deeper fruit flavor (strawberry, black raspberry and dark cherries). This vibrant, sparkling rosé can be used on a very important anniversary date night or with leftover pizza.
Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé (Provence, France)
This isn’t your Real Housewives pink wine. For those of you that watch Bravo, you know what I mean. This is a legitimate wine made out of grapes from a vineyard (that also houses a Château) owned by Brad Pitt and Angelie Jolie. Not only will you amaze your pop culture friends, but you’ll also impress your Sommelier friends. That’s not to say the two are mutually exclusive. Plus, it comes in a great champagne bottle. Take it to your next dinner party.
This was the only rosé to rank among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines in 2013. It’s delicious and mouthwatering. The structure is great, so it can work with really rich foods. Or, you can just enjoy it in a glass … during nap time.
After our shopping trip, I wanted to get a little more inside Emily’s head. What would she drink on those big important occasions? So, I asked, “If you had to babysit a 15 month old, what would you want to drink after you were done?”
Her response. “I’d have to be hosed down in champagne after that.”
I love her.