With the warm weather in full force here in Israel, I have re-discovered Rosé wines. I remember way back when I first started drinking wine (circa 1965
), that Rosé was looked down upon. I took a wine tasting course through the Cambridge (Boston) Adult Education Center (does it still exist?????). They said that Rosé was "neither fish, nor fowl." It wasn't red wine nor white wine. So that may explain why I shied away from this class of wine for so long. But after reading in the WineLovers Discussion Group about Castel's new Rosé where everyone extolled its virtues and it was given "Best of the Show" rating at the Royal Kosher Wine and Food Festival in Brooklyn, I had to taste it. WOW, it knocked my socks off
I went Ga-Ga and joined the masses giving it high ratings in my israelwinetaster.com blog (http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-k7
And then, last night, we opened and tasted the Rosé from Galil Mountain Winery. It came VERY close, in my opinion, to Castel's Rosé, although without the BIG nose and multi-flowered and multi-fruited flavors. The Castel is expensive (89 shekels) and this Rosé (almost) clone from GMW is downright cheap (40 shekels). When it comes to QPR, the GMW wins. I'll drink it as a weekday Rosé and reserve the Castel as a Shabat Rosé. See the article at http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-mr
Incidentally, I was not impressed by the Recanati Rosé. -- http://wp.me/p1Dfhj-ln
I only tasted the Flam Rosé on our way home towards Tel Aviv after leaving a tasting of the four Castel wines at the winery. Perhaps, my taste buds were a little "over the hill."
We have since acquired a Rosé from Lueria Winery and it will be tasted next.
Whatcha all think about these Israeli Rosé Wines of 2011
What's your favorite
What is the best one, including QPR