For those of you not familiar with anything other than the sweeter pink wines like white zinfandel, let me tell you these are a totally different critter. Dry, crisp, but with more fruit than a white wine, but tasting nothing like a red. They are great wines to serve in summer, or when you are having dishes like fish, poultry, pork, and other lighter meats and foods. They are the perfect wine when you don't know whether you want a white or a red, and many are really excellent wines.
In 2005, 15 new brands of premium rose were released , but in 2006 the number jumped to 28. I expect that a trend has formed and you will see many more elegant and well crafted rose wines appearing. If you haven't already tried them you should, and look out for the secret darlings of the sparkling wine and champagne world. The rose versions of your favorite bubbly. They have long been known for their quality and value; and have just started to become trendy the past few years as well.
I just put few bottles of both still and bubbly rose wine in my wine fridge to chill for later. Right now it's a little after sunrise. I'm sitting sit with my windows open and my back to the rising sun, I can hear the waves crashing wildly against the shore of Penobscot Bay. The smell of salt is in the cool air and I eagerly look forward to this evening when I pop open the rose sparkler. I plan to sip deeply while I watch the waves break in the head of the Bay against the foot of my garden, as the golden rays of the sun deepen over the water. Then I will throw a few lobsters in the pot and crack open the bottle of still rose to serve to my guests with dinner. Why don't you go grab yourself some rose as well? And Enjoy! I will.