Rowland’s Wine Pick: Rosé All Day

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Chateau de Fontenille Rose of Cabernet Franc, 2016, Bordeaux

Most of us are used to a Provencal rosé, with its salmon color and a generous bouquet of red berries. While some of the best rosé wines in the world come from southern France, that doesn’t mean quality rosé isn’t made in other regions. An example being my rosé pick for the summer, the 2016 Chateau de Fontenille from the Bordeaux region. It is 100% Cabernet Franc, which I find to be a real treat. Furthermore, it has the delicate nature of a traditional rosé, but shows a bit more strength and character.

This rosé is a real curiosity and comes across more like a light red wine. It combines fruit, freshness, and tenderness without excluding body and character. Ideal as an aperitif paired with a cold lunch or even grilled meat. On the nose, the wine is fresh and delightful, showcasing buoyant aromas of raspberry and grapefruit together with fresh cut flowers. Showing balance and finesse on the palate, it is light in body and mineral in character. A clean and citrusy finish leaves the palate ready for another sip.
– Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

Rowland’s Wine Pick: Gruner Veltliner

May Wine Pick

2014 Fiddlehead Cellars Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner is found predominately in Austria and is a nice, exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. While the primary fruit flavors are lime, lemon, and grapefruit, Gruner Veltliner can offer very nutty and spicy notes as well. Fiddlehead Cellars’ approach to this great varietal provides an alluring mix of freshness and complexity.

“I had the privilege of trying the 2014 Fiddlehead Cellars Gruner Veltliner while visiting Kathy Joseph in November 2016. When she told me she was bringing this wine to dinner, I knew there would be a new love in my life. Her Gruner Veltliner did not disappoint. From the initial burst of citrus, to the smoky notes brought alive by the grilled corn chowder, to the finish that seemed to just go on and on, this wine exceeded every standard. For our upcoming “Women and Wine Weekend” dinner, I will be pairing the 2014 Gruner Veltliner with Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Loin, Pink Eyed Hoppin’ John, and Chow Chow. This wine has not been widely produced, so if you find a bottle I highly recommend purchasing it. If you’re unable to find this wine at your local wine shop, you will always find it on our wine list at Rowland’s!”
– Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

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Sommelier’s July Wine Pick

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When wine lovers think of White Burgundy Chardonnay comes to mind, but few know there is another white grape produced in Burgundy. Bourgogne Aligoté, “the other white grape of Burgundy,” is a delicious white wine that is young, stylish and a little different. It is pale gold in color and offers a well-balanced taste, and ranges from a fruity bouquet with notes of apple and lemon to a more floral palette. In the mouth, this vibrant wine tickles the taste buds.

The Aligoté grape has been grown in Bourgogne since the 17th century and flourishes there. It faithfully reflects the diversity of its terroirs from the Saône-et-Loire, the Côte-d’Or, and the Yonne. It was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne aligoté, in 1937.

Rowland’s Sommelier Gary Brown said, “I am excited to have this wine on our list not only because it is a deliciously perfect wine to drink on the West Portico, but for its unique and fascinating history as well. It is a great glass of wine by itself and is the local wine used for a traditional Kir, a classic French apéritif. This wine is the perfect pairing for the Crab and Tabouleh Salad on our Summer Spa Menu.”

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