Celebrate International Rosé Day with some Canberra varieties


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Anyone who knows me knows I don’t mind a glass of rosé. And it seems I’m not alone. According to wine retailer Cellarmasters rosé sales have increased 38.5 per cent in the past 12 months. I wonder how much I have contributed to that myself.

I like to think I know what I’m on about too. I like a dry rosé, pale as you can get it, something fresh, but not too fruity. But that’s about the extent of my wine knowledge.

One of the benefits of this job is you’re allowed to ask experts questions under the premise that you’re trying to deliver the reader some information. Sometimes I just want the answers for myself.

This rosé investigation is one of those times. It started when I found out August 14 is actually International Rosé Day. Like I needed an excuse.

Australians are drinking more rosé because our lifestyle and climate are so well suited to it, says Christine Ricketts, cellar director of Cellarmasters.

“Rosé is a simple style of wine that pairs well with a range of food, and it’s also great to enjoy on its own,” she says.

“When it comes to buying the perfect bottle of rosé, there isn’t simply one type of rosé, with a range of different styles to choose between. But by paying more attention to what the wine label reads, you can find the right rosé for your palate.”

My go-to tipple is a Jacob’s Creek Le Petit Rosé, Australia’s biggest-selling domestic rosé as it turns out, but in the interest of public service I decided I’d better ask the experts for some more ideas.

I wanted to find some local rosés, made in the Canberra region. Phillip Jones, the executive officer of the Canberra District Wine Association said quite a few members made rosé. He names Four Winds, Collector, Gundog, Mallaluka, SummerHill, Lerida, Pankhurst, Yarrh, Wily Trout and Barton Estate as ones to look for.

At Ainslie Cellars, Kate and Keith Mihailakis are also rosé fans. Since opening the store in 2012 they championed the blend somewhat, stocking a great range, but are frim advocates for local wines.

They had a Collector rosé at their wedding, they drink it with pizza, with sashimi, Kate had a glass with her dinner of pho the night before I spoke to her.

“It’s a wine to drink with just about anything, and should not only be limited to lunch time,” she says.

Written by Karen Hardy - The Canberra Times.

Kirstin Redding