With travel plans put on hold, your wanderlust is growing daily. Although you may not be able to visit the places on your bucket list, it doesn't mean you can't create moments of joy inspired by these locals through delicious foods and sensational beverages. The trendiest wine of 2020 is rosé, making it easy for you to enjoy the flavors of the world from the comfort of your own home.
Consider these ideas to create a "travel in a glass" theme using world-renowned rosé wines and delicious pairings. Find these varieties and more inspiration at wine.com/drinkrose.
Eat, drink and be merry in France
Stop and smell the rosé by creating a French-inspired escape at home. Imagine walking down a quaint street to a cozy cafe and enjoying a glass of M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rosé. Aromas of ripe strawberries and citrus fill the air and awaken the senses as you sip each silky mouthful. Pair with a classic French cheese board featuring Camembert and goat cheese along with accompaniments for the perfect start to your French escape. The Belleruche portfolio of wines also offers a red and white, each reflecting true French character, bringing simple, effortless sophistication to any occasion.
Next, prepare for the main event with a glass of Mathilde Chapoutier Cotes de Provence Rosé in hand. The delicious strawberry, grapefruit and apricot notes offer a round texture ideal for pairing with “bistronomic” cuisine — French foods found at charming bistros across the country, such as sautéed chicken with tarragon and coq au vin (which can be made in a slow cooker!).
Salut to health and happiness in Italy
Can't go to Italy? Where there's a will, there's a rosé! Enjoy an Italian staycation that tempts the palate by starting with a glass of Feudi di San Gregorio Ros' Aura, made in Campania, Italy. With a lively flavor bursting with the essence of fresh berries, it's ideal as an aperitif or paired with grilled vegetables, white meat or fish.
Another Italian standout is the IL Poggione Brancato Rosato from Tuscany, a satisfying complement to authentic Italian cuisine. Fresh on the palate, this rosé has a core of perfumed cherries, spices and flowers, offering a crisp, pleasant roundness that pairs well with linguine with clams or ribollita, a Tuscan bread soup. Finish your trip to Italy by satisfying a sweet tooth with traditional tiramisu or panna cotta.
Enjoy a taste of sun-kissed California
A visit to California is all about enjoying the beautiful climate, stunning scenery and enchanting surroundings. Be inspired and "rosé the day away" West Coast-style with Sanford Rosé of Pinot Noir, made in Santa Barbara, California. This salmon-colored wine has enticing aromas of blood orange, wild strawberry and rose petals with fruitful flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and lingering minerality. Embracing the day is reason enough to enjoy a glass (sunhat or sunglasses optional).
"I drink Sanford Rosé when the mood strikes me. It could be anytime really," says John Terlato, owner and vintner of Sanford Winery. "I serve it with frisée salad or with a perfectly prepared grilled cheese sandwich on brioche bread with thin sliced tomatoes. It's also delicious with salmon served cold with dill mayonnaise."
Terlato shares this recipe to serve with Sanford Rosé of Pinot Noir for a taste of California no matter where you live:
Poached Salmon with Dill Mayonnaise
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds wild salmon fillets, pin bones removed
- 1/2 cup dry rosé wine
- 1/2 cup water
- shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
- 5 sprigs of fresh dill
- 1 sprig of fresh Italian parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon dill mayonnaise (see below)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Lemon slices to garnish
- Season salmon with salt and pepper.
- In a sauté pan place the wine, water, shallot and herbs.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Place salmon in pan, skin side down and cover.
- Poach 5 to 10 minutes or until desired doneness is achieved.
- Remove from pan and chill in refrigerator.
- Serve with dill mayonnaise made by mixing your favorite mayonnaise with a splash of lemon juice and dash of dill. Garnish with lemon wedge and pepper to taste.