AOIFE CARRIGY’S WINE CHOICE
Summer is a-coming. At least that’s what off-licences such as O’Briens are banking on, as they roll out their seasonal selection of rosé wines: some juicy and fruity, some dry and delicate, all pretty in pink and whispering sweet promises of stolen sunny lunchtimes and balmy evenings out in the garden.
Rosé is made to be drunk young, spontaneously and often. Whether bone-dry and crisp or off-dry with a little residual sugar, the emphasis is on capturing lots of fresh, vibrant fruit and on delivering them in a relatively affordable package. It’s a wine to have in the fridge for popping open whenever the mood or the food suggests you think pink.
O’Briens’ ‘buy two, get one free’ summer rosé promotion suggests stocking up fridges for those catch-’em-while-youcan flashes of summer. And because you can mix and match, it’s a chance to explore the many different styles this surprisingly versatile wine can offer.
Think about what you’re asking your rosé to do for you. Are you in the mood for something softly spoken, or after a bolder character to shout over the clamour of a long day? Are you seeking something delicious to enjoy by itself, or will you be serving it with food, and, if so, what? Look for acidity for seafood and salads and a light touch for subtler flavours, while off-dry sweetness makes a great foil for warm spices. Above all, experiment and have some fun. Because fun is ultimately what rosé is all about.