Blush, rosé, pink, all lovely words, but when associated in the world of wine, many look at you and cringe.
Yes, white zinfandel is a stepping stone wine that you abandon once you adopt a taste for ‘real’ wine, and yes, you may associate it with white women with blonde hair and black roots whose favourite shows are the Bachelor, followed closely by Honey Boo Boo. But are all pink toned wines really to be discriminated against because once upon a time one snob deemed it unworthy?
On the weekend, we went on a wine tour through Essex County. We stopped at ViewPointe (this place really does have a spectacular view), Pelee Island Winery, Cooper’s Hawk, and a new winery called Oxley.
Oxley, is situated in between ViewPointe and Cooper’s Hawk. We pulled in to see that they had set up a great restaurant and were focusing solely on three wines, a red, white and a rosé. We chose a table just off of the window, as the sun was beating down and exceptionally hot. The walls were painted a fresh coat of white, and the bar was sleek. Anyway, their tasting featured each of the three wines, the white, a reisling, was pretty good. I quite enjoyed it. Their red was pretty good as well. Their rosé however, was exquisite. What’s that all about?
I hadn’t had a glass of rosé in about 10 years. I, after having studied wine and working in fine dining restaurants had officially decided that it was what inexperienced pallets drank. I mean really, a rosé? A blush? A pink wine? How beneath me.
Now let’s think about this for a moment: how did I become such a snob? When did this happen. If something is good, does it matter who made it, or what it looks like, or that it’s not refined? I eat McDonald’s for goodness sake, that should prove that in reality I’m not above anything.
As you can see, I figuratively ate my words, errr I mean I literally drank them. Plus, weren’t rosé’s a big trend this year? Didn’t celebs drink it all the time? If celebs aren’t above it, how could I be?
And the next time, I decide to not like something because “it’s not cool,” I’m going to remember this moment, and how I bought a bottle of rosé! Besides, if Jessica Alba can drink it, I think I can too. Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do in Ontario, head down south, take a wine tour and stay at a quaint B&B. You won’t regret it. People think too poorly of the south west and it’s time people left the GTA bubble and tried it out.