Just because Summer is long gone doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying sangria. Depending on the ingredients you employ, the wine-based punch can be sipped all year round. Instead of using warm-weather fruits like strawberries and peaches, this sangria is infused with Fall's most woody herb, sage. The recipe is simple, but the resulting drink is complex and earthy, perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire. Honey adds a subtle sweetness and the sage makes this concoction an ideal pairing for any autumnal dinner. Want the easy recipe? Keep reading.
Rosé may be the quintessential Summer wine. It goes with just about any food from spicy appetizers to grilled meats to cheese plates, but it isn't so acidic that it can't be sipped alone. We tried a whole slew of Rosés, from bone-dry to syrupy sweet, but these five are just right, plus they have an affordable price tag to match. Keep reading to find your next picnic wine.
The Rosé is tart and astringent on the nose, like sour cherries, yet its ripe, syrupy watermelon flavor is unexpected. The slightly tannic quality makes it thirst-quenching, particularly on hot Summer days. While the days stretch long into the evenings, sip this Rosé on your patio with a large platter of manchego cheese, olives marinated in crushed red peppers, and Carr's Water Crackers. This wine has me thinking it's never too temprano ("early" in Spanish) for Tempranillo Rosé!
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While my significant other has many redeeming qualities, there's a gaping hole in his heart (tongue?) where his love for rosé ought to lie. So naturally, I was delighted at the chance to sample a blushing bottle of the quintessential Summer wine this week. Luckily, the 2011 vintage from Rock Wall ($18) made a good case for its genre — it may have even made a convert out of the aforementioned naysayer.
Composed entirely of Grenache grapes grown in Davis, CA, and bottled across the bay in Alameda (practically in Sugar HQ's backyard), the bottle was tart and refreshing, balanced with a subtle sweetness (I'd describe it as teetering between dry and off-dry), and perfumed with the scent of strawberries and citrus. In other words, dangerously drinkable. Like many of its rosy brethren, it would be most at home in an alfresco setting: paired with cheese and crackers at a picnic or with salty appetizers prior to a hearty barbecue meal. Minor domestic squabbles put aside, I imagine I'll be seeing more of this varietal on my table for some time to come.
Like the color mint, rose is making a major appearance in many a celebrity wardrobe. Jessica Alba wore it to the park recently, and now both Selma Blair and Eva Longoria were spotted in the pretty hue. With Spring quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to find out how to incorporate rose into your wardrobe. Step inside for a closer look at both ladies and to shop their look, including a couple exact pieces.
If you need a quick serving idea for your next holiday party, here’s a delicious drink that is good for large groups: sparkling rosé punch! Besides a your favorite bubbly, you’ll need elderflower liqueur, club soda, lemon juice, sugar, and egg whites. Watch our video to learn how to make this total crowd-pleaser — plus, find out the secret ingredient we like to add as a garnish to this party drink recipe.
I believe a hostess can never have too many sangria recipes and this is my current fav. It's a mixture of berries, Rosé, and black currant liqueur. The recipe, which comes from Mariena Mercer of The Cosmopolitan in Vegas, calls for soda water to add effervescence. However, I used sparkling Rosé instead. This sangria is better the longer it steeps, so get started now!
As I've mentioned, every year as Valentine's Day approaches, I become weary of the dozen red roses cliché. A lovely alternative to the ubiquitous bouquet is a rose motif decor gift, but I'm not a fan of shabby chic English rose patterns. I prefer something a little more modern. Since I wouldn't trust a man to think of such a clever, alternative gift for V-Day, today I'm taking the matter into my own hands. From petal-perfect colanders ($8) to shiny rose bowls ($130) to graphic, blooming rugs ($230 and up), I have my eye on a few rivetingly rosy items. One of my favorites is the Graham and Brown Rosa Wallpaper ($60), which challenges the traditional red palette with delicious apple green flowers. Click the product images to shop the rest of this look!
However, I was recently sent a bottle of Mumm Napa's Brut Rosé, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. At $22, it's more than I spend on an everyday sparkling, but it's for a holiday, so it's worth the splurge!
This Brut Rosé has a dark blushing color, delicate bubbles, and a super fruity nose. It's 85 percent Pinot Noir and 15 percent Chardonnay and a wonderfully drinkable wine. It has a fresh, clean taste and light body. If you're in need of a good pink bubbly, I highly recommend the Mumm Napa Brut Rosé.
What's your favorite sparkling Rosé?