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wines, often referred to as blush wines or written rosé , are wines typically made with red grapes but that have a much lighter color than red wine due to the way the wine is made

Rosé versus Blush

Many people use the two terms interchangeably, but there actually is a slight difference. Any wine called a rosé is made from juice left in contact with the skins for an hour or so. Rosés are never a blend of red and white wine, while blush wines may be made using either method. Therefore, all rosé wines are blushes, but not all blushes are rosés.

Rosé is a term describing the French technique for making wines ranging in color from grayish pink to very dark pink. In recent years, the trend has been to use the term rosé instead of blush. While the results may be similar, wines labeled as blush wines tend to be more mass-market wines made in large lots as opposed to the carefully crafted small batches of rosé.

Pink wines - both rosés and blushes - tend to be similar to white wines with a little more body. They are usually fairly light, and many consider them summertime wines due to their crisp flavors and freshness. Rosés that are more intensely colored may veer closer to their red counterparts, with a little more structure and complexity. Old World-style rosé wines are often very dry, while their New World counterparts may be sweeter with less alcohol. Blush wines may be light, bright, floral, and fruity. While some can be bland and insipid, a well-made blush or rosé balances alcohol, sugar, and acid to create a slightly complex wine that is not quite as powerful as its red wine counterpart, but interesting to drink nonetheless.

Zinfandel isn't just a fancy name for a type of rose, it's actually the name of the grape used. Zinfandel grapes are red and were used to make red wine in Napa Valley, California, but in the 70's this particular wine became unpopular (white wine was becoming the trendy drink at that time). So as not to waste the Zinfandel grapes that were already growing the Sutter Home wine company decided to use the grapes to make their own brand of rose. Sweet white grapes such as Muscat are also added and give the wine an almost punch-like flavour.

Zinfandel is now produced in other regions including BC and Ontario

The wines are served chilled

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Some good producers are Tawse, Strewn, Sue Ann Staff , Sprucewood and Southbrook in Ontario

In British Columbia: The View,Tinhorn Creek, Mission Hill, Kraza Legz, 50 th Parallel and Hillside

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Ltd., BC 2011 St Hubertus Rosé and House of Rose Winery, BC 2013 Rosé - Gold at All Canadian

In Nova Scotia Grand Pre makes a rosé . Gaspereau Vineyards, NS 2013 Rosé - Gold at All Canadian

Rosé Blush Style

Double Gold
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard, BC          2017      Blanc de Noirs   $19.99

The View Winery & Vineyard, BC          2017      Pinotage Rose    $20.95  

The View Winery & Vineyard, BC          2017      Silver Lining Rosé            $19.95   

Pondview Estate Winery, ON         2017      Cabernet Franc Rosé       $16.95   

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery, BC          2017      Grand Reserve Rosé        $19.99   

Sandhill Wines, BC          2017     Rosé  Terroir Driven Wine             $21.85   

Intrigue Wines, BC          2017      Social Rosé         $16.90   

Rosé Blanc de Noir Style

Double Gold

Whispering Horse Winery, BC          2017      Pinot Gris Rosé  $19.95


Arrowleaf Cellars, BC          2017     Rosé      $20.70   

Savard Vines, BC          2017     Rosé  Purple Petals           $22.85   

Kacaba Vineyards, ON         2017      Rebecca’s Rosé  $18.00   

CedarCreek Estate Winery, BC          2017      Platinum Block 1 Pinot Noir Rosé               $29.99   

Corcelettes Estate Winery, BC          2017      Oracle   $17.30   

River Stone Estate Winery, BC          2017      Malbec Rosé     $19.90   


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