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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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Facts About Rosé Wine

What is rosé wine? As most of us learned in high school health class, there are three basic types of alcoholic beverage: liquor, wine, and beer. You can make liquor out of basically anything, from grains to berries to cactuses, to the point that there’s probably more basic types of liquor than any one person on earth knows about. Beer has a narrower scope, but over the past few decades it too has exploded into a variety of distinct beverages, from stouts and porters to IPAs and sours. 

Wine however, despite the intricacies of its varietals, has only three basic types: red, white, and rosé. And of those types, the lay person knows far more about red and white wine than they know about rosé. So what is rosé? You’ve come to the right place to find out. Here are 4 facts about rosé wine!.

FACT 1: Rosé is made out of red grapes

If you don’t know much about rosé (or wine in general) you might think that the pale pink wine is made from a special type of pink grape, or maybe that it’s created by mixing together red and white wine. Nope! In fact, Rosé is made with red grapes, and is prepared in such a way that the wine only retains a little bit of the color and tannins of the skin.

FACT 2: Rosé is generally considered a spring and summer wine

Even though it shares its source with red wines, a rosé is functionally more similar to a white. That means that it’s best to drink it chilled in the warmer months, perhaps paired with some light appetizers or a delicious seafood dish.  That’s no hard and fast rule, though! If you want to enjoy your rosé at room temperature in the middle of winter, you’re still going to find it delicious.

FACT 3:  Rosé might be closer to historical red wines than modern day reds

Next on our list of facts about rosé wine is a bit of a shocker for the aficionados of the wine community. When we hear about the ancient Greeks drinking red wine, it’s likely that they were actually drinking something closer to rosé! As wine production improved over the ages, we got better at squeezing every last tannin out of the skins, leading to the rich, dark red wines we have today. But before we had this technology, red wine was a good deal paler and sweeter- much like a rosé. 

FACT 4: Rosé can be aged

A common misconception about rosé is that it should be enjoyed soon after it is bottled, to preserve the light, crisp flavors that many associate with summer. But the fact of the matter is that many rosé wines mature with age just like reds. Crack open a vintage after a couple of years and the taste will be more full and complex than you expect.
That’s it for these facts about rosé wine. If we’ve made you thirsty, be sure to check out our online store and treat yourself to a bottle of Amarose!

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Wine Etiquette: What’s the Deal?

We all know the image of a classic wine snob.  They open the bottle just so, pour it just right into the perfect glass, allow it to sit for a moment, then they take a sniff, swirl the glass, take another sniff, take a small sip, then a bigger sip, then pretend to take a sip as if they believe that their glass has been poisoned, then they swirl the glass again, then they return the glass to the bottle, shake the bottle around, sniff it, pour it back into the glass, and take one last sip before wincing and pouring the whole bottle down the sink.

    Or that’s what it might look like to one unfamiliar with wine etiquette and overwhelmed by the various rules of the trade. Wine has been a staple of social gatherings for millennia, and over the years wine etiquette has grown and changed, with some elements sticking and others fading into history. For example, the Ancient Greeks customarily watered down their wine, and were scandalized when the barbarian Gauls drank theirs straight. Thankfully, history sided with the Gauls.

Wine Etiquette says: Hold from the stem, not the bowl!

    One of the first things you learn in Wine Etiquette school (which is real i promise don’t look it up) is to always hold your wine glass by the stem. This rule can be waived for glasses without stems, but any time a stem is present, wine etiquette demands that your grip be on it! This is a holdover from a time before dishwashers were common and fingerprints were hard to wash out of a glass. We have the means now to wash unsightly prints from wine  glasses, but it’s still considered polite to hold  from the stem.

Always clink correctly!

    For all my engineering nerds out there, this one’s for you. Wine glasses are made, of course, of glass, and glass is easily broken. The great authors of wine etiquette know this, and in their infinite wisdom have devised a way to minimize shattered receptacles when clinking glasses for a toast. Simply clink at the widest spot of the bowl, and the strength of the shape will minimize any potential disasters. Thank you, wine etiquette!

Sniff your wine!

    That’s right, giving your wine a sniff before sipping isn’t just something people do to look fancy. Our sense of taste is intrinsically tied to our sense of smell, so taking a good whiff of your wine before taking a drink is an excellent way to awaken your senses to the complex flavors that await you. See, wine etiquette isn’t all about meaningless rules! It’s also about getting the maximum enjoyment out of your wine.

If you’re looking for a bottle to practice your new wine etiquette skills on, look no further than our online store!

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Lodi Rosé: Your New Obsession

To those in the wine world, both Lodi, California and rosé wine carry certain connotations. Some consider Lodi to be cheaper and less prestigious than other wine regions, and likewise rosé is sometimes considered less refined and less complex than other wines. Not only are neither of these assumptions true, but when combined, they take the best of each and combine them to create wines that are just as (if not more) delicious as reds and whites from Napa, while still having a lighter impact on your wallet. Lodi rosé will change the way you view wines– and here’s why.

Lodi’s Climate

    One of the reasons that Lodi, California is perfect for growing wine is its climate. Our tradition of winemaking comes from Europe, and Lodi’s climate is nearly a perfect match for places like southern France and Spain, areas that boast some of the best wine in the world. When you import Mediterranean grapes to America, there’s few places that can grow them better than Lodi. Not only that, but Lodi’s equivalents in the Mediterranean are also some of the preeminent producers of rosé. Lodi’s dry air and scorching summers ensure that the grapes used to make Rosé from Lodi is just as bold and full bodied as their European counterparts.

Rosé’s Diversity

    Rosé’s detractors in the wine world often deride the wine for its sweetness. And they’re not wrong– many rosés are overly sugary in a way that takes away from their natural flavors. However, Lodi rosé tends to be a fair sight more dry, while still maintaining that light, summery feel that makes the pink wine what it is. And if light and summery is a problem for the wine snobs, so be it! There’s nothing wrong with a refreshing wine.

    Lodi rosé is delicious, and it’s also diverse. Rosés from Lodi can have notes of mineral, citrus, apple, raspberry and more, ensuring that no two rosés are the same. If you’re looking to jump into the world of Lodi rosé, our professional, unbiased opinion is that you start with our very own 2021 Amarose. Fruity and floral, one sip of this crisp, dry Lodi rosé is sure to make you a lifelong fan. Pick up a bottle (or a few) right here!

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Celebrate Lodi Rose

Last month the Amarose team packed their bags, hit the road, and converged on Lodi, California to participate in the annual Celebrate Lodi Rosé festival. We braved temperatures of nearly 110 degrees fahrenheit, a sweltering heat to us New Englanders that registered as merely ‘pretty warm’ to the native residents of the Central Valley city. I personally drove up from Los Angeles, a 6 hour drive that had me worried on several occasions that my car might overheat right there on the I-5.

It was worth the heat, though. As a boutique winery, Amarose doesn’t have a tasting room, but the people at the Lodi Wine Visitors center were kind enough to let us set up a station in their tasting room, making us both the first and the last winery that many saw as they made their way through Lodi’s many delicious offerings. All weekend we treated the denizens of Lodi to free samples while they treated us to wonderful conversation and great feedback about our new 2021 vintage. We met a lot of friendly faces, from a local almond farmer to a Naval officer visiting from Hawaii.

We were busy with our own tasting station, but we still found time to visit a few brick and mortar wineries. The first one we visited was Nostra Vita family winery, a beautiful mediterranean style building nestled in a vineyard with a relaxing outdoor tasting space. There, we enjoyed two tasting flights, one of sparkling wine and one of the regular flat variety. We also decided to go a little crazy and ordered a few wine slushies, which, despite our initial skepticism, turned out to be astonishingly good.

The second winery we visited was Klinker Brick, the primary winery of our very own winemaker, the award winning Joseph Smith. Just as he did with Amarose, he knocked it out of the park with Klinker Brick’s oeuvre of wines. We especially loved the Farrah Syrah, one of Klinker Brick’s top rated reds.

The official name of the festival is ‘Celebrate Lodi Rosé,’ and it’s a relatively new event– 2022 is only its second year. It’s a great showcase of Lodi’s diverse selection of wineries and the wide range of rosé that the region creates. In many ways, Lodi and rosé are a perfect pair: both are up and comers, but to those in the know, they contain as much complexity as their more prestigious counterparts.

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Summer Wines

No matter how much we might wish otherwise, Time keeps marching steadily forward, and it is almost the summer.  Of 2022. I could have sworn it was 2019 three months ago. But whether your mental clock is, like mine, firmly stuck three years in the past or fully functional and up to date, the fact remains that summer is here, and that means it’s time to replenish the wine rack with some tasty varietals perfect for the warmer weather. Without further ado, here’s five wines you should be drinking this summer.

5- MOSCATO

Sweet and fruity, Moscato is a perfect wine for a summer day. It’s got a lighter alcohol content than many wines and a floral aroma that calls to mind blooming gardens and blue skies.

4- CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is a quintessential white wine that pairs well with chicken, cheese, and seafood. If you’re on the coast this summer and looking to enjoy the day’s catch, it’s hard to find a wine varietal that would serve you better.

3- PINOT NOIR

Despite red wines being generally considered a winter drink, the Pinot Noir is an excellent choice for the summer months. With less tannins and a lower acidity than other reds, the Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with almost anything.

2- SAUVIGNON BLANC

If you’re looking for the opposite of Pinot Noir’s low acidity red, try a high acidity white with Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a flavorful wine that goes well with herb-heavy meals and refreshing green salads.

1- ROSÉ

When it comes to summer wine, you really can’t beat rosé. It’s light, refreshing, and bursting with notes of fruit and flowers that are sure to put you in a carefree summer mood. This is an unbiased recommendation. I have no narrative to push. Incidentally, you can get delicious rosé shipped right to your house through the link on our website!

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