| If you were to park in front of The Wine House at 129 Carolina Street, walk in through the entrance and peer inside, what you would see is a dazzling display of our newly arrived 2010 Rosés from France!!! Take a closer look and you will notice the 2010 Rosé Les Cimels from Chateau d’Or et de Gueules in magnum format beautifully arranged on a wine barrel. (Read with a Homer Simpson voice-over) Mmmmmm maaaaaagnums. It’s a first on two fronts: the first time we’ve offered the Rosé Les Cimels and the first time we have offered a Rosé in magnum. It’s a party in a bottle! I’ve witnessed the demand and appreciation for Rosés climb steadily over the last decade. It is now mandatory for TWH to stock inventory of Rosés year round. Few care any longer whether it’s hot out or not to drink pink. People want their Rosé year round. It may surprise you to learn that getting new vintages of Roses early in the year is no small feat. Most producers do not bottle until March or even April. It takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks to travel overseas, coupled with the obligatory work stoppage or strike in Europe and you’ve got, at best, a May arrival. Et voila, 2010 Rosés sont arrivés!!!
| I find the timing for the arrival of fresh batches of Rosés to be in keeping with the whole Springtime renewal and rebirth theme. Drinking Rosés this time of year is an outwardly show of optimism. That’s how I see it anyway. Day 2 of my 3-day Easter celebration was enhanced by an impromptu Rosé tasting I put on for friends and family. You know a wine is good when you put out a bottle in the middle of a kitchen island, go to put something away in the fridge, say, and turn back around only to find the bottle drained. Such is what happened with the 2010 Rosé Les Cimels from Chateau d’Or et de Gueules. How could you keep yourself from not pouring more into a glass? The color alone will get you – a pale pink/orange hue that is glowy and feminine. Then there is the aroma, so intense and unexpected given its pale robe. Then it all drives home with complex flavors on the palate: delicate notes of fruits and flowers, a mélange of berries and agrumes. There is a pithy Ruby Red grapefruit thing going on that is lip smackingly delicious and refreshing. There is sophistication and restraint in the 2010 Rosé Les Cimels. Comprised of 70% Cinsault (Diane’s got some pretty old vines growing on her estate) and 10% each of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache. It isn’t a secret what HUGE fans we are at TWH for wines made by Diane Puymorin of Chateau d’Or et de Gueules and Petite Cassagne. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this new addition to her stellar line-up should have us all doing the Happy Dance. Of course the excitement doesn’t stop there because as you already read above, the 2010 Rosé Les Cimels comes in magnum!!! Okay, now the bad news. Stock is limited and already fast-acting wine sommeliers and other such insider wine types who like to peruse our shop have been scooping them up. The mags will quickly disappear but don’t fret we’ve got 750s in good supply (at least for the moment!) There is going to be more celebrating this weekend as my papa is having a Birthday. The tribe is gathering and we’ll be toasting Paps and giving thanks for having him in our lives. I am truly blessed to have a father like him! Temperatures are going to be creeping up and I hear my brother will be making his famous Ahi Poke, so a magnum of 2010 Rosé Les Cimels is definitely in order! Mnogoye Lyeto Papachka! —Anya Balistreri