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The History of Rosé

Rosé, as we all know, is a delicious treat for any get-together. But where does it come from? Who first had the idea to make a wine that was light and pink. Some might say that an idea that good could only  come from divine providence, and while that’s impossible to prove one way or another there is a lot more  concrete evidence  as to the history of rosé. So buckle up and grab a glass, because these are some historical fast facts that you’ll never forget.

When did rosé first appear?

Rosé as we know it, wine made from red grapes stripped of tannins, is a fairly  modern invention. But in the world of ancient Greece and Rome, the wine they drank looked a lot closer to rosé than it did to red or white wine. This is because they did not discriminate between red and white grapes in their wine making process. Thus, every wine ended up a rosie pink color, just like rosé. And considering how the ancient Greeks preferred to water down their wine, its likely the color of the concoction was fairly pale as well. Next time you watch 300, just remember: All those beefy Spartans love rosé!

That’s not rosé though!

You’re right. True rosé, like the kind we drink today, was actually considered just regular red wine for a while! Once the ancient Mediterraneans winemakers realized that it was best to make red and white wine separately, they would treat their red wines similarly to how we today treat our rosés, and the result was much the same! It wasn’t until much later that winemakers realized that letting the juice soak in the skin of the grape led to a darker, heartier wine. Unfortunately, once high tannin reds became more popular, rosé was more or less left in the dust for several centuries.

How did it come back?

Thankfully, history did not forget delicious rosé. After being a novelty drink only served in a few corners of the world (Lodi, home of Amarose, is home to the first American rosé!) the 1970s saw a surge in demand for white wine. In order to maintain supply, winemakers began producing rosé– a handy substitute for a wine consuming populace thirsty for a crisp, chilled experience. From there, rosé captured the imagination of the world, and now  50 years later, we can enjoy a wide variety of delicious and varied rosés. Isn’t history cool? Grab a bottle of history at our Amarose online store!

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How to Become a Wine Tasting Expert

A scenario: You get invited to a wine tasting. All the coolest people you know are there, and they hand you a glass of wine. It tastes pretty good! Then you notice everyone is staring at you.

“What does the wine taste like?” they ask.

    You say it tastes good, but that isn’t enough. What is its body? They ask. What are its notes? What about its aroma? We didn’t see you smell it. Why didn’t you smell it?

    Due to your undeveloped palette, you are laughed out of the wine tasting. All of your friends disown you. You are fired from your job. When you get home, you find an eviction notice taped to your door. All this could have been avoided, if only you had been properly prepared for the wine tasting. But worry not! This has not yet come to pass, and we are here to help. Here’s a few tips to make it through your next wine tasting!

Smell before you sip!

Some more experienced wine enthusiasts will tell you that the first step is to examine your wine, because its color, viscosity and opacity can tell you a decent amount about what to expect. For beginners, you don’t have to worry about that. Wine tasting is wine smelling, so swish that glass around and take a whiff! Do you smell oak? Strawberry? If you’re finding it hard to nail down specific smells, don’t sweat it. Long time sommeliers might be able to smell the soil the grapes were grown in, but you can consider yourself a success if you nail down even a few aromas.

Take a sip!

Forget what we said last paragraph: Wine tasting is about tasting wine. Just a small sip is fine, and in fact is better for isolating flavor if you’re new to the experience.Swallow the sip at your leisure and make note of how sweet it is, and how the flavors you picked up in the aroma half of the taste change as the wine enters your mouth. Once the sip is done you should be able to pinpoint the flavors in your wine, but don’t feel bad if you take another sip (or three) to really nail it down.

Taste Away!

    That’s all there is to it! Take small sips, sniff before hand, and try your best to isolate what makes the wine tick. Don’t feel bad if you can’t be hyper-specific with the flavors- observing a fruity smell, or an oaky one, or a dry finish can be enough to save yourself from looking foolish at your next wine tasting. Try practicing on a bottle of Amarose! Pick one up in our online shop today.

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What Wine Is Best for Thanksgiving 2022?

Halloween has come and gone! Some people might try to convince you that its time to start thinking about Christmas and the winter holidays, but don’t listen to them! Thanksgiving is still happening this year, and that means turkey, stuffing, and, if you’re like us, the right bottle of wine! Read on to find out the best wine for Thanksgiving 2022!

Pinot Noir

A Pinot Noir is a classic thanksgiving choice. The red wine fits in with the autumnal themes of the holiday, but it’s also light enough to not get in the way of the copious amount of food that you’ll be eating. If you’re looking for a wine for thanksgiving that’s safe and functional while also being delicious, you can’t beat a Pinot Noir!

Chardonnay

Red wine is the norm at most thanksgivings, but turkey, like most poultry, is known to pair well with a nice white. In our experience, Chardonnay is a choice sure to please attendees of all ages and tastes. Thanksgiving 2022 could be the year of Chardonnay!

Sauvignon Blanc

If Chard isn’t quite your style but you still want a white wine, we’d like to humbly recommend a Sauvignon blanc. As a light and dry white wine, a nice Sav will pair well with the turkey and, like the Pinot Noir, not be so heavy as to muscle out the food on your plate. As wine for Thanksgiving 2022, you can do a lot worse!

Zinfandel

Perhaps a controversial choice, but to me no red wine fits an autumnal vibe better than a Zinfandel. It’s not light, and it doesn’t traditionally pair with turkey, but its smoky, spicy taste will warm you up and get you ready for winter. For thanksgiving 2022, it might be the perfect choice.

Rosé

Of course, a rosé could be the best of both worlds. Neither too heavy nor poorly matched with the turkey, there’s not much downside to trying a rosé this November 24th. It’s traditionally a spring and summer wine, but for Thanksgiving 2022, it could change your view! Maybe bring a bottle of Amarose this Thanksgiving, purchased from our online shop!

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House of the Dragon: Wines of the Characters

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past couple months watching HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon. Palace intrigue, royal scandals, dragons, what’s not to like? Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a year or two for the next season, but in the meantime we can speculate on one of the biggest unanswered questions of the series: What is every character’s favorite type of wine? Frankly, its insane that this wasn’t cleared up in episode 1. If you like House of the Dragon and also like wine, this post is required reading:

King Viserys: Chardonnay

    Viserys spends most of season 1 dying slowly of leprosy. Based on this, we can deduce that his wine preference would be sweet, chilled, and high in alcohol, so as to best distract him from his constant agony. The showrunners should have included a moment where he accepts a chilled wine glass from his brother, Daemon, during his climactic throne room scene in episode 8. Missed opportunity!

Prince Daemon: Syrah

    Prince Daemon is House of the Dragon’s bad boy, and his wine choice should reflect his dark, enigmatic character. Syrah’s dark, full bodied flavor fits him perfectly. It’s a shame no one on set thought to add a few bottles of Syrah to Daemon’s saddle, so he could have a glass while riding his serpentine dragon, Caraxes.

Princess Rhaenyra: Zinfandel

    Whether she’s getting double-crossed by her best friend, getting groomed by her uncle, or having her inheritance stolen from her by her half-brother, Rhaenyra could really use a break. The last episode ended on her grief stricken face upon learning of her son’s death. I would have let the cameras run a little longer, to show Rhaenyra instantly relax after a calming sip of zinfandel. To the House of the Dragon team: I am giving these ideas away for free!

Alicent Hightower: Sauvignon blanc

    Alicent causes a lot of problems in House of the Dragon, like when she married her best friend’s dad. Maybe audiences would find her character more sympathetic if they knew that she likes to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with dinner. Perhaps after toasting Rhaenyra and her family, she could sip her wine and say “This sauvignon blanc is delicious. My favorite!”

Corlys Velaryon: Pinot Noir

    Corlys, also known as the Sea Snake, is one of the wealthiest men in Westeros. Known for his overseas adventures, it only makes sense that Corlys would love a nice pinot noir. Maybe in the earlier episodes, during the war with the Crabfeeder, Corlys could have killed an enemy and taken a bottle of the red wine off his corpse. It wouldn’t have taken that long to show!

Rhaenys Velaryon: Rosé

    Rhaenys, also known as the Queen that Never Was, was once a major contender for the throne before being outvoted in favor of her cousin Viserys. She’s a tough woman, but she has a soft side. There would be no better way to show this soft side than to have her constantly sipping a light, fruity rosé. Maybe a Provence style blend! If House of the Dragon is looking for a wine supplier, maybe they should give us a call!

    And if you want to be more like Rhaenys, you too can get some delicious rosé! Just head over to our online store and pick up some of our 2021 vintage.

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Rosé All Day! 4 Great Event Ideas

Rosé all day: The slogan of rosé lovers everywhere. But what does that really mean? You can’t just drink rosé from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, can you? Unfortunately, that is not a lifestyle we can recommend. Rosé is delicious, but if you’re planning on cracking open a bottle, you’ll want to plan some sort of event first. If you’re looking for ideas, look no further! Here are 4 casual events that will have you and your friends saying ‘rosé all day!’

    Brunch

    We’ve all been there: You’re at your fourth brunch of the month. At the first brunch you had a mimosa. Same with brunch number 2. Brunch number 3? Another mimosa. Now it’s brunch number 4 and you don’t think you can find it within yourself to drink yet another mimosa. No problem! Drink some light, crisp rosé instead. Break the mimosa’s monopoly on brunch!

    Picnic

    At a brunch, rosé is the upstart new kid on the block. But at a picnic, its reign is absolute. And for good reason! Rosé’s fruity and floral aromas match perfectly with a classic picnic spread of cheese and veggies and charcuterie. The rosé lifestyle would be incomplete without picnics! Likewise, a picnic without a bottle of rosé is, frankly, sad.

    Pool party

    A sunny day, a table of snacks, a pool, and some good friends. What’s missing? Enough  rosé for everyone! When you throw a pool party, you’ll want a chilled drink that you can sip slowly as you relax, and nothing fits that bill better than rosé. Grab your favorite pool floaty and a glass of your favorite bottle and let the good times roll.

    Tailgate

    It’s Autumn, and that means that your dreams of sipping rosé at the pool might have to be placed on hold until summer. But worry not! You can have a tailgate instead. Next time there’s a sporting event in town, crack open the trunk of your car, break out the grill, and enjoy some food and rosé before the game.

    Whether you’re a recent convert to the rosé lifestyle or a long term enjoyer, head over to our online shop and pick up some Amarose today!

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The Grapes of Amarose Rosé

    These days, most wines that you find on the shelf are going to be blends. Even if the bottle says its Zinfandel, the odds are the actual composition is something more like 70% Zin. The rest is an assortment of other grapes to keep the flavor consistent across batches. Amarose is no different than other wines! Our rosé is made up of a blend of 4 different rosé grapes in a balanced 25/25/25/25 composition. Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan, and Mourvedre are the rosé grapes that make up Amarose, and in this post I’m going to tell you a little about each!

Cinsaut

Cinsaut is a grape best known for its use in blends, especially when mixed with Grenache or Zinfandel. It’s a lesser known grape in a lot of the world. However, in Lodi, CA, home of Amarose, Cinsaut is an old staple. Both as a blend and as a rosé grape, Cinsaut is known for its floral aromas and tropical notes.

Grenache

Grenache is a Spanish grape that thrives in warm climates, and red wine made from it is known for its high alcohol content. When used as a rosé grape, Grenache comes across as drier than the normal rosé, with fruity notes of watermelon and lemon to round out the flavor.

Carignan

Like Cinsaut, Carignan is a lesser known grape that often plays crucial supporting roles as a blend in better known wines. As a rosé grape, Cinsaut gives off notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry as well as a rich earthy spice.

Mourvedre

Another grape known mostly as a blending partner, Mourvedre is a deep and rich red wine. Generally it has a dark floral aroma and notes of spice and red meat. On its own it can often feel overpowering and slightly boozy, but when used as a rosé grape in a blend it lends a sturdy backbone to the finished product.

Has all this talk about wine made you thirsty? Head on over to our online store and get yourself some Amarose! See if you can detect the four rosé grapes that combine to make the delicious whole!

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Top 5 Picnic Wines

The days are getting colder and in just a few months winter will be upon us, but It’s not yet too cold to have a picnic! Picnics, like rosé, are often mistaken as a spring and summer thing, but an autumn picnic and a glass of wine can cheer you up even as the days get shorter. If you have a group of friends and a desire to go out and enjoy the October foliage, here are 5 wines that are perfect for sharing on a picnic blanket with a basket of hors d’oeuvres.

    Sauvignon Blanc

    A light and fruity white wine, Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with a breezy picnic meal without overwhelming the flavors of the food. If you incorporate chicken or soft cheeses into your picnic spread, a Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect choice to elevate your picnic game to the next level.

    Prosecco

    Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Italy, is a perfect picnic wine for a crisp october day. It’s generally a little sweeter than Champagne, and so it goes perfectly with picnic foods like cured meats and cheeses. Get a few friends together and let the bubbly flow!

    Pinot Noir

    Red wines are not generally known for being a drinkable picnic wine, but if you get a light enough bottle, you’ll find it fits in just great. Pinot Noir is perfect for an october picnic, combining the fruity aromas and low ABV of a more conventional picnic wine with a heartier tannin backbone, a perfect reminder of the transition from summer to winter.

    Riesling

    When it comes to picnic wine, it’s hard to find a stronger pick than a Riesling. This light and sweet white wine goes perfectly with seafood and poultry, as well as classic picnic fare like fine cheeses, charcuterie meats, and dried fruit. Grab a bottle and grab some friends and enjoy the outdoors while you still can!

    Rosé

    I said it was hard to find a stronger pick than a Riesling, but I didn’t say it was impossible. Rosé is that stronger pick. Perfectly light, perfectly fruity, but still imbued with enough complexity to make it interesting, rosé goes perfectly with any picnic foods and is ideal for sharing with friends and family. It’s delicious. Especially Provence style rosé made in Lodi California. Speaking of, head on over to our online store and buy yourself some Amarose! Your future picnics will thank you.

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What’s the Deal With Amarose Wine?

Here at the Through the Grapevine blog, we like to have variety with our topics– as long as it’s related to the world of wine, we’re more than happy to write about it! But it would be a bit of a stretch to call us unbiased. There is one wine that we love above all the rest, and if you’ve found this blog, I’m sure you already know what it is: Amarose rosé. If you haven’t tried Amarose yet, here are a few facts that are sure to sway you.

What is Amarose?

Amarose is a Provence style rosé vinted in Lodi, California. Amarose is made from a blend of four traditionally French grapes and is drier than many rosés, prioritizing crispness and flavor over sweetness. It’s best served chilled, and a seasoned nose will detect the floral aromas and taste the crisp strawberry, apple, and raspberry notes. While rosé is traditionally a summer drink, Amarose is a delicious happy hour choice 12 months out of the year.

Who Makes Amarose?

Amarose was created by father-daughter duo Tim and Ally Covello in 2019, when Tim left his former job to pursue his dream of founding a wine company. From there, they teamed up with Joseph Smith, an award winning winemaker and one of the biggest stars of the Lodi wine scene. Every fall, the wine making team meets in Lodi to finalize the blend for that year’s vintage of this truly world-class rosé. 

Why Rosé?

As those in the wine business know, rosé historically has had a reputation as a crowd-pleasing but less refined wine than its red and white counterparts. As a boutique winery, Amarose feels kinship with the underdog and has set out to prove the naysayers wrong. Amarose’s complex flavor profile is engaging and compelling to those with an accomplished palate, while still maintaining the delicious approachability that draws many casual wine drinkers. Amarose wine is made to be shared, so we craft it to be enjoyable to a diverse range of wine lovers everywhere. 

Convinced yet? Hop over to our online shop and buy a case today!

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Lodi Wine Country

California is known for its wine countries. The climate is perfect for it! Just the right humidity, just the right soil, and a vineyard will thrive! From Napa to Sonoma, nearly 80% of wine made in the US is grown in California. However, some wine countries are better known than others. Napa, for example, is nearly a household name. But if you only drink wines from the best known countries, you’ll be depriving yourself of a lot of good wine. For example, Lodi wine country, the home of Amarose, is a region packed with history and packed with delicious wine.

    Where is Lodi Wine Country?

    Lodi is a quaint, pastoral town in the central valley of California, about an hour east of San Fransisco and a little bit to the south of Sacramento. Lodi wine country  is part of the Sacramento River Delta region, a beautiful and fertile bit of land defined by the snaking Sacramento river dividing the landscape and irrigating the soil to make it perfect for growing crops– especially wine grapes!

    What made Lodi famous?

    While it’s known as Lodi wine country, the town of Lodi actually boasts a background in a different type of beverage as well. A&W, the famous burger joint and related root beer brand, had its start in Lodi. Next time you stop at an A&W, or see one of their root beers in a grocery store, remember the sunny Central California town when it began!

    Why Lodi wine?

    Napa might have the most prestige, but Lodi wine country is steadily racking up the points, with accolades piling up such as being named ‘Wine Region of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast in 2015. But how did Lodi begin as a wine country? To answer that we have to go back to 1857, when the Flame Tokay grape variety was introduced and began to thrive in the area.

    One staple of Lodi wine country is the old vine Zinfandel, called as such because the plants the Zinfandel grapes grow on are gnarled and ancient. This age lends a distinct flavor to the grapes, and thus to the wine. Old vine grapes can’t just grow in any old place, they need to be established in a place for decades- proof of Lodi wine country’s abiding commitment to growing wine.

    Lodi is also starting to be known for its rosé. Though the event has faced some setbacks with the Covid 19 pandemic, the Celebrate Lodi Rosé Festival recently passed its second year and promises, like Lodi’s old vines, to only get better with age. To sample some Lodi rosé, head over to the store tab of our website and treat yourself to some Amarose!

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Autumn Rosé: What Snacks Pair Best?

With the advent of September, summer is officially on its way out and autumn is upon us. Driving down to Seattle from my apartment in Bellingham, Washington, I was shocked at how much red and yellow dotted the deep green that normally lined Interstate 5. With autumn comes colder weather, warmer clothes, apple cider, thick stews, and, for some, an end to the summer’s rosé. Not to us though! Autumn rosé is just as delicious as summer rosé, and we’re here to prove it! Here’s 4 autumn snacks that are a perfect pair for some autumn rosé.

1. Caramel Apple

When you hear the words ‘crisp and refreshing,’ the two things that probably come to mind are apples and rosé. Pairing a sweet caramel apple with a sweet rosé might feel like a faux pas, but a dry Provence style rosé can be the perfect pair to this autumnal treat. Enjoy your apples either on a stick or in slices with the caramel as a dipping sauce, as wash it down with a crisp glass of autumn rosé!

2. Pumpkin bread

    Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, and in my opinion, the best way to enjoy a pumpkin is in a sweet slice of pumpkin bread! Get some friends together, open up a bottle of crisp autumn rosé, and watch the hours (and your plate of pumpkin bread) disappear!

4. Soft Pretzel

Autumn isn’t all about sweets! A warm, soft pretzel with some mustard for dipping is an excellent treat to toast the transition into winter. A crisp autumn rosé is the perfect accompaniment, as it will stand in delicious contrast to the sharp mustard. Channel those Oktoberfest vibes and go find yourself a pretzel!

5. Caramel Corn

    Autumn is the season of state fairs, and if you’re anything like me, you usually go home with way too much caramel corn. How do they fit so much into those bags? It’s insane! If you’re winding down from a day at the fair, or staring down the bag of delicious caramel morsels a week later, pair that sweet snack with a glass of crisp rosé.

Find a great autumn rosé right here on our website! Amarose is great year round. Visit our store here!

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