Bill's Rosé Wine Blog

Bill has a passion for wine and was introduced to dry Rosé wines thirty or so years ago in the South of France.  He had the idea of specialising in offering top quality Rosé wines within the UK, but it took a while before it could be realised. The wines chosen combine modern methods with the traditional skill of the winemakers resulting in superb wines, tasting just as good here in the UK as they do abroad!
Bill had forecast the expanding market for good Rosés so he registered Rose-wine.com and negotiated some of the best, most characteristic wines, at an early stage.

As a UK wide online supplier, Rose-wine.com has now built a reputation for great products and service. 

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Rosé Weddings

VenuestomenusI attended a large wedding show recently and had a great time chatting about wines.  I was reminded of how appropriate Rosé wines can be for this, very, very, important, occasion.

The correct choice of good wines can make such a difference to everyone's enjoyment, as most guests will have at least a glass or two, or in my case, maybe more!  Our Rosés with their vibrant colour and great bottle presentation, very much Lia Koletsou and Bill  look the part, but have other great advantages too.  Not least is their almost universal acceptability - almost everyone enjoys a Rosé. 

A sparkling Rosé or Rosé Champagne is a marvellous welcome for guests and super for the toasts.  They look so good in the glass too.  Likewise, the still Rosés go so well with most food and with their characteristic lightness, they are very suitable for drinking throughout the meal no matter what time of day it is served.  They are equally good during the later reception. 

Currently, we have stock of some fabulously exclusive, romantic and elegant Rosés from the St Tropez area, just right for Spring or Summer weddings.  Please drop me an email to Bill@Rose-wine.com if you need any help or advice.  I'm happy to advise on quantity too, and we can take back any stock not used. 

I'd probably get married again, just for the fun of it, if I wasn't married already!  Happy planning!  

Nice Customer Feedback

I received this super feedback from friends at artificial tree specialists Trees R Green, who I met recently at an exhibition.  I obtained their permission to reproduce it here as it summarises our wines so well.  "Just a small note to thank you for the bottle of Cuvee Domaine de La Rouillere Rose you gave me to try.  We are really not rose drinkers and never really bother to try any because of past experience with UK standard bottles!!!! As you suggested we started with the bottle really chilled and had some nice white fish with it.  We were surprised and pleased that it tasted dry and fresh like the whites we drink, not sweet and sickly like other rose we have had.  Again as suggested we let the wine warm and drank it slowly allowing the flavour to become stronger.  We really enjoyed both tastes".  Trees R Green have great products too, we have one of their super trees in reception.  Bill

Temperature & Rosé

I'm quite often asked, "What is the best serving temperature for our wines?"  The broad answer is to serve at whatever temperature you prefer, but I can give you some guidelines to help. 

Our Rosés are very well made so they should be enjoyable at up to room temperature without showing any faults.  I suggest serving quite cool, somewhere between 8 and 12 C. as this suits most tastes.  However, the aroma of the wine may not be as full and fruity as it becomes when the wine warms up.  Likewise the taste can move towards being somewhat less dry and more fruity as the wine warms, a nice effect, quite pronounced in Rosés.  Stemmed glasses will prevent the wine warming quickly as will chilling the glasses first. 

And what about ice?  Controversial for some, I have no problem with it, especially if serving Rosé on a warm day.  A nice touch can be to make up the ice in advance from bottled water, perhaps selecting a French still water to make ice for French wines.  (The same applies to ice with good Scotch Whisky - best use Scottish water for a soft taste).  Ordinary tap water ice is fine for the ice bucket to keep the wine cool, but not too cold.  

Hope this helps!  

We're on Facebook

Post this link to Facebook   I'm pleased to say that Rose-wine.com now has a Facebook page.  This can be a great and convenient way to leave comments and maybe post a few pictures of your fun Rosé wine occasions.  Find us on www.Facebook.com/rosewineuk  Thanks, Bill

Back from France - Lots of News

    The Cannes Film Festival events were very successful.  Rose-wine.com was involved with film distribution specialist Distrify, www.distrify.com  who participated in the Creative    Scotlandwww.creativescotland.com  Beach Party on Long Beach.  Hundreds of film industry professionals attended this great fun, and superb networking, event.  Peter and Andy from Distrify provided a tremendous performance preparing and serving freshly made peach "Bellini's on the Beach".  The wine used was Domaine de La Rouillere's amazing Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Brut Rosé and this was very well received.  I received so many favourable comments about the wine and the fact that we can supply this and other wonderful Rosés in the UK, that I lost count. "A lovely wine, way beyond any expectations" was a typical comment.  Watch this space for more news from Cannes and for a selection of the many photo's taken!  Will you be in them? 

   I was lucky to be able to fit in a few vineyard visits during this trip and would like to share the news about these.  In particular, I had a very informative and interesting visit at Chateau Léoube.  Romain Ott, the winemaker, gave Eveline and I, an excellent tour of this impeccable and well situated vineyard.  I learned a great deal and was very impressed by the visionary and inspired policies that have resulted in such remarkable wines.  I'll post some more details and photo's about this visit soon.  Good news too, we now have the two Chateau Léoube Rosés in stock for immediate shipment.  I thoroughly recommend that you try these wines! 

Cannes Film Festival

Latest News! Delighted to say that Rose-wine.com are part sponsors of a couple of events including a reception on the beach at the Cannes Film Festival.  This is always an exciting event attracting visitors from all over the world and it's good fun to be part of it.  I will be there for the next week or so and hope to meet many of Rose-wine.com's friends and associates. 

International Orders

I'm pleased to say that Rose-wine.com now ranks very highly in most internet search engines worldwide.  This has been a great achievement and many thanks to our internet crew and to our loyal customers who have kept coming back to us.  It has also resulted in a number of enquiries as to whether we can supply our wines internationally.  We are looking into this, and I'd be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to be able to order from us in the future.  Either use the comments button below or email me direct using Bill@Rose-wine.com  Many thanks!                                   Map provided by: www.worldatlas.com

Your Favourite Rosé?

Choosing a great selection of Rosés is an interesting and challenging task which I very much enjoy doing.  However, I'd like     to enlist your help!  Do you have a favourite Rosé that you would like to see on our site?  Perhaps you've particularly           enjoyed an amazingly good Rosé whilst travelling or on holiday?  I'd be delighted to have your suggestions and to see if       they would be a good addition to our range. You can use the comments section below so the information can be shared       and perhaps also commented on by other readers.  Many thanks! Bill

Introducing cases of 6 with no minimum order!

In response to popular demand, I'm delighted to advise that we now feature many of our wines in cases of six and that we do not have a minimum order!  You can simply order one case of six!  As always, our pricing includes VAT. Why not try one of the wines you have been tempted by, in this new affordable format?  There are a few of our wines still sold in cases of 12, but these are clearly marked throughout the website. 

Victory for Traditional Rosé Production Methods

Summer 2009. There were celebrations in Provence and throughout Europe among quality winemakers in response to the news that the EU has dropped plans to permit production of Rosé by simBill & Bertrand at Rouillereply mixing white and red wine together. This ensures the future of the much more labour intensive traditional method where the grape juice is left in contact with the skins for a period. This gives the natural colour to the wine, but does not involve use of possibly incompatible blends. The traditional method results in top quality Rosés made from the juice of red grapes.

Simply mixing white and red wines is not unusual in some parts of the world and is usually done to reduce production costs. Whilst there are quite a few examples of good wines made this way it is very easy for many to be uninteresting in that they do not have much differentiation (except for their colour) from the white wine which forms their base. It is a technique too often used by winemakers to make what I call an "as well" wine. For example a producer who makes white and red wines, thinks it would be good to have a Rosé "as well". You can be certain that should we offer any new world wines made this way it will be because the blend has been very expertly achieved to make a quality wine that stands out from the crowd.

Glasses, What a Difference They Make

Up until just a few years ago, I tended to choose glassware used for entertaining based simply on its appearance on a well set table. I generally chose good quality cut crystal in two sizes to accommodate red or white wines. When presenting a good Rosé I followed the convention of using the white wine glass or a good decorated crystal Champagne flute for our best Sparkling Rosés.

Then, I discovered master Austrian glassmakers Riedel, and everything changed! The Riedel concept is that the shape of the glass makes a huge difference to enjoyment of different types of wine.

The glass shape is optimised to bring out the best in the wine. Riedel propose that different types of wine require different shaped glasses in order to be fully enjoyed at their absolute best. I swiftly discovered that there was no question that our wines tasted better from the Riedel glass. The effect was startling, bringing out every nuance of fruit from even our most delicate dry Rosés.

The ‘Riedel Crystal’ Rosé glass is uncut and thin walled resulting in such a low thermal mass that it frosts beautifully the instant the wine is poured. Gone forever, was the need to refrigerate my chunky cut crystal glasses!

The Riedel glasses are available not just for Rosé, but optimised for each red or white wine variety to provide the ultimate tasting experience. The Riedel concept that form follows function holds throughout the range with its variety of shapes. They are unadorned (barring the discreet Riedel brand on the base) and are generously sized to allow enough room for the wine’s bouquet to be fully appreciated.

The lead crystal has a wonderful clarity which catches all the light and makes for a most elegant table. Given all the above it probably comes as no surprise that Rose-wine.com prefers to use Riedel glasses at our tastings.
 

Cork vs. Other Closures

At risk of controversy (why change the habit of a lifetime), my view is that ideally, there really should be no contest.  Cork rules!  I particularly like the best Portuguese cork used on most of our wines, although we do cautiously accept the full length plastic substitute where it has been adopted by a grower and are beginning to see some scewcap closures too.

The position in Europe regarding closures is, dare I say, fluid, but despite the occasional ‘corked’ wine I do believe Cork is best.  Continuing research into cork processing will likely eradicate the cause of problems - there are promising results already. We are always happy to replace or credit a ‘corked’ bottle'.

The plastic substitutes can be very tight in the bottle neck allowing the possibility of glass breakage around the bottle rim. The screw-top has been associated with convenience wines for immediate consumption, but regrettably, versions thus far, do not impart a feeling of quality and can have some sharp edges too.  I accept they are becoming quite popular and we already are seeing some good wines closed this way.  There is a lot of demand from restaurants for this closure.

Technically, cork is probably not an absolute necessity for our Rosés as they are unlikely to be stored for an extended period, but it has proved its compatibility with wine over a very long time and is a natural material.  The cork oak trees are ecologically sound and will likely remain as long as there is commercial need for them.  Cork harvesting also helps a lot of rural communities and is vital for their economy. See
www.cork.pt  for more information.

Oh, and while I’m on this sort of subject, I especially like the foil pull tab used on our wines Cuvée du Cep D’Or and Carte Noire.   This is elegant to use and eliminates the need for a foil cutter. A deft flick of the wrist removing it, adds to the flair of presenting the wine at the table as does the proficient removal of the cork.  Yes, I accept different closures have their merits and that we'll be seeing more of them in the future, but ideally I’d prefer a cork!  Happy drinking!
 

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