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June / July 2017

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20 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2017 { planet grape } Put it right in front of your guests' eyes (from left to right): Banfi Piemonte produces the metodo classico CuvéeAurora Rosé from 100 percent Pinot Nero from the Alta Langa DOCG. Care, from Bodegas Añadas in Spain's Cariñena DO, offers snappy raspberry fruit. The inaugural 2016 vintage of the vibrantly charming Wither Hills Rosé of Pinot Noir makes a super by-the-glass selection. Les Clans, made from Grenache and Rolle, is just one of several dry, food-worthy offerings from Château d'Esclans in Provence. Suggestive SELLING SUMMER IS HERE and the rosé is flowing. From the Caribbean to the Hamptons, from the Riviera to Ibiza, the gliterrati are sipping this refreshing, food- and bleached teeth–friendly wine as a sophisticated apérifit or with a lazy lunch or dinner al fresco. Rosé is no longer just for the ladies or a simple little sipper, though it fills both roles nicely. It is a wine to drink while you think about what to drink. From a pale, dry, subtle and minerally Provençal rosé from the South of France to a deeply-hued, fruity and bold Tempranillo rosé from Spain, from a serious dry Italian méthode champenoise from Piedmont to a New Zealand rosé of Pinot Noir, there is a style and price for everyone. Rosés pair easily with dishes subtle to bold, as they are crisp, refreshing and unoaked. A serious rosé pairs beautifully with lamb. So what about the rest of your guests? Those not in the know? Like the folks who have never heard of Hamilton. How do you reach them? Aside from liberal staff training and tasting, put it right in front of their eyes. Literally. When you walk into a French bistro, your eyes are drawn to the large gleaming silver bucket filled with Champagne on ice. Your mouth waters, and your mind is made up. Try this with your eye-catching rosé wines. Take a large silver bucket, line it with ice only, no water, and set in a variety of hues and bottle shapes. If your bar is large enough, have opened bottles for service behind the actual display. This helps keep the display tidy. Source your selections from all over the world if your theme allows, and share the bounty and value with your guests. Remember, visibility makes drinkability. VISIBILITY MAKES DRINKABILITY–ESPECIALLY FOR WARM-WEATHER ROSÉS by Catherine Fallis, MS

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