The Standard Guide to Rosé

Is there anything more perfect than a glass of chilled rosé on a warm spring or summer afternoon?  That’s what’s known as a rhetorical question. 

Of course, any day, at any given Standard, can be a rosé day. For one thing, we have our very own—the ever popular Sunset Beach Rosé by André Balazs. It is but one among a selection of rosés served by the glass and bottle at all of our hotels.

Our lush bayside oasis, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach however, goes a step further...several steps further, in fact. The Spa’s wine list now includes over 20 rosé options. Repeat: 20. Rosé. Options. (We also feature it in cocktails and a frozen concoction we call F'rosé.Few varietals are better suited to hot days on the beach, poolside drinking, brunch, outdoor movie nights, or pretty much any other scenario you can dream up.

While any time can call for rosé, we happen to be firmly in the midst of rosé season, and this Saturday (June 11th) is National Rosé Day. Yes, it exists. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we asked Amy Demoga, The Standard Spa’s in-house wine expert, to pair the perfect rosé with the situation, from brunch to poolside sipping. Here are her picks. If for some reason you can’t cruise down to Miami to sample them, pick them up at your local shop. 

Rosés for Brunching

Daytime roses for getting your Sunday off to a perfect start. Great with food and for sipping all day. Go for fresh and fruit driven rosés.

1. Sunset Beach Rose, André Balazs Collection, Channing Daughters, Long Island New York ‘15
“Plump and jovial! An ode to versatility with a light, coppery, salmon pink color. Alluring, playful, aromatic, and quite gulpable. Raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, spice and minerals. Persistent finish. Great character and a wonderful zing. Beautiful texture. Pair this wine with almost anything.” 

2. Peuch-Haut, Saint Drezery, Languedoc- Rouissillon ’15  Grenache and Syrah
“Medium bodied, racy acidity, fresh light fruit, minerals and clay.”

3. Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris, Corbieres Languedoc- Rouissillon’15  Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre, Carignan 
“Full bodied, balanced, crisp acidity, rich fruits, exotic aromas of pineapple and mango.”

Rosés for the Poolside

Sunbathing in the Florida sun requires some thirst quenching rosés. Provence makes the best options for sun-filled days. Here are some picks that are light and fresh with great acidity.

1. Villa Pereire Provence, Fr ’15.  Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (vermentino), Carignan
“Light body, similar to Whispering Angel. Lively with rose, mineral, discreet lemon and strawberry scents.”

2. Whispering Angel, Provence, Fr  ‘15     Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle 
“Light body, fresh acidity, hints of grapefruit and peach.”

3. Miraval, Provence Fr.  ’15   Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle, Syrah
“Light-medium bodied, crisp acidity, complex flavors of wild herbs, wet stone, and citrus. Joint venture between Famille Perrin & Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.”

4. Domaine Ott ‘15   Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
“Dry, stony, and precise on the palate, red currant flavors and lingering honeysuckle note.” 

Rosés for a Special Dinner Occasion

These are truly special wines with great stories. Best picks to have with an elegant dinner, ranging from medium to full bodied, these are perfect with grilled fish and meats.

1. Chateau d’Esclans “Garrus”Provence, Fr  ’15   Grenache, Rolle
“This is Chateau D’Esclan’s (makers of Whispering Angel) top cuvée. This is a powerful, balanced wine with faint oak influences and good length. Expensive? Yes, but it has to be tasted to appreciate the investment. Extremely limited availability. Light to medium body, dry, yet fruity, it has a crisp minerality and a lovely long finish. A truly elegant wine.”

2. Chateau Simone, Pallette, Fr ’15   Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre, Syrah and others
“The rosé wines have a strong ruby-red color with amber lights, vigorous and known for their body, finesse, and the delicacy of their fruit. Doesn’t look like a rose. A very different experience. Savory, mineral, bright acidity, elegant with good length. Surprising, different, age-worthy rose. Decant if possible.”

3. Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux, Fr ’15     Cabernet Sauvignon
“Full bodied. The nose is very fresh, red berry, slightly spicy. Well-polished and concentrated tannic structure, bright minerality, notes of black currant, sweet fruit and ripe acidity. Long and complex finish: the sign of great terroirs.”

4. Les Dauphins, Rhone, Fr ’15     Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
“Full bodied, full flavored, refreshing crispness with a peppery finish. Great with lamb, and grilled meats.” 

Rosés for Tapas

Rosé that’s great for light bites and conversation—easy to drink. All styles represented here depend on your palate.

1. La Poussie, Sancerre Loire, Fr ’15  Pinot Noir
“Lively attack with nice body, reinforcing freshness. The good maturity of the Pinot Noir gives a succulent and gorgeous fruity character. Juice extraction by direct pressing gives the aromas of red berries. The ‘bleed’ brings volume and density to the finish.”

2. Chateau La Gordonne, Provence, Fr  ’15   Grenache and Syrah
“Medium body, fresh acidity, a little rounder, apricot and grapefruit notes.”

3. Il Rosa di Casonoves, “La Spinetta” Tuscany ’15      Sangiovese, Prugnolo Gentile
“Medium Intensity, youthful, floral, mineral, red fruits. Light bodied, dry, medium-high acidity, raspberry, cranberry, and black cherry notes.”

4. Marques de Caceres “Excellens” ’15       Grenache, Tempranillo, Viura
“Dry with light acidity. Mild floral flavors. Fresh, delicate berry flavors. Much more body than a Provence Rose. Ideal with Mediterranean cuisine.”

5. Muga ’15      Grenache, Tempranillo, Viura
“Medium bodied. On the nose you mainly find the citrus and green apple aromas. Hints of apricot and faint reminders of pastries. This is a wine with a long finish, combining sweetness, freshness and acidity.” 


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