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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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5 Appetizers To Pair With A Perfect Summer Rosé

It’s the end of July, and summer is in full swing! If you’re anything like us, the warmer months are filled with delicious summer wine, and especially delicious rosé. Our 2021 Amarose is crisp and refreshing and perfect for the muggy August weather. But it’s no fun to drink wine without a good pairing. A tasty summer rosé calls for a tasty summer appetizer, so here’s the five best apps to pair with Amarose this summer!

1- Charcuterie

Really? You might be asking. Charcuterie? I’m looking for new and novel foods to eat with my light and crisp summer wine and you’re suggesting charcuterie? Don’t worry. More exciting options are coming up. But the classics are classics for a reason.The salty meats and soft cheeses of a good charcuterie board go perfectly with a rosé, especially a fruity, dry Provence style rosé like Amarose.

2- Street Corn

One of the greatest imports from Mexico of the last twenty years also happens to go perfectly with a nice summer rosé. Slathered with sour cream, cilantro, cotija cheese, and lime zest, Mexican street corn is a perfect summer appetizer. Traditionally served straight off the cob, it can also be repurposed into a salad or a dip depending on what best suits your appetite. Pair it with a chilled glass of wine (preferably Amarose) and you’ll be in heaven.

3- Grilled Pineapple

    Most of the items on this list are very salt-forward– Appetizers that will maximize the refresh-factor of a crisp summer wine. But salt isn’t the only way to go! There’s nothing that says summer more like the smoky sweetness of grilled pineapple strips. It might not be the best pairing for a sweeter wine, but with a Provence style rosé like Amarose that leans more toward the dry side, it’s a perfect fruity appetizer for a summer evening.

4- Smoked Salmon

It’s well known that fish pairs well with rosé, and that’s true of appetizers as much as it is of entrees! Savory, creamy smoked salmon tastes great on a piece of bread with a little bit of cream cheese, and crisp summery wine is all you need to move your appetizer game to the next level.

5- Cocktail shrimp

    That’s right. It’s seafood week. Two in a row to end the list. I can’t be stopped. If you’re looking to pair your crisp summer rosé with an appetizer both salty and sweet, there is simply no better choice than jumbo shrimp and some cocktail sauce. Much like charcuterie, cocktail shrimp is a classic for a reason. The delicate seafood flavor compliments a light summer wine perfectly. Your taste buds will thank you!

    If these appetizers have inspired you, the first and most important ingredient is a glass of Amarose! Head on over to our ‘shop’ option and pick up a bottle or two!

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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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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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Response to ‘Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough Wine’

About once a month for the past five years, there’s been an article released by a major publication saying something like ‘Millennials aren’t eating enough eggs,’ or ‘Millenials are killing the housing market,’ or ‘Why aren’t Millennials buying enough blood diamonds?’ Mostly you can dismiss these articles as quota-fillers written by bored journalists, and if you read a little deeper you can learn that all millennials really did to push all these great American industries to the brink of collapse was enter the workforce during a recession.

That said, The New York Times did publish an article recently that IS incredibly worrying. Deadly serious. Something that should cause every living person born between 1981 and 1996 to quake with fear. I am of course talking about Eric Asimov’s article ‘The Wine Business Sees a Problem: Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough.’

Asimov cites surveys that show millennials favoring other beverages like beer and cider over delicious, classy wine. And listen, to an extent I get it. Beer is tasty! Cider is fun! But my god, are you really going to push wine to the curb? 

In the past few years, we’ve been asked to make a lot of sacrifices for the national good. Stay inside! Buy less gas! Work from home! What I’m asking isn’t even a sacrifice. I’m telling you to drink more. This is a gift!

You don’t even have to stop drinking beer or cider. Have a beer! Then have a glass of wine. Uber home. Have some wine in the back of the Uber. Maybe that wine is some delicious Amarose. Have another glass! It’s fine! You’re helping the economy!

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You Should Be Drinking More Rose

It is a scientific fact that wine is good for you. Not only that, there are actually no adverse effects to drinking wine. It’s a miracle beverage. 10 out of 10 scientists agree. There’s no need for you to open a new tab to verify this information, the fact that  we’re saying it here, on the internet, with no cited sources should be enough for you.

            There’s a problem in the world of wine, however. Red wines get a lot of love as a healing tonic, and white wines also have a sizable lobby behind them, but there are comparatively few people out there who understand where to fit a delicious pink rosé.

            The common attitude is that rosé is a spring drink, something fun and flirty that should be consumed before the start of summer. That’s partly right –rosé is fun and flirty– but it not only can be enjoyed year round, it should be! Keeping a few bottles of rosé around throughout the year allows the taste to mature and will give you a different rosé experience in every season.

            Rosé also boasts a wide array of health benefits. It has a low calorie count compared to other wines, making it a perfect choice if you’re on a diet or if you just want something a little lighter than the average fare. Rosé will also help bring down bad cholesterol and contains a respectable dose of antioxidants, which, if I’m doing my research right, means that rosé will make you live forever.

            So put down the reds and the whites for a minute, and pick up a glass of rosé. Your body will thank you.

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Mead-WTF?

Wine is made from grapes. Everyone knows this. You grow grapes, process them, you age them, you get wine. Very simple. Grapes equal wine. Wine equals grapes. If you want a refined drink with a fruitier taste than beer and less alcohol content than a spirit, you’re going to need grapes.

            Or so we all thought, until a recent trend emerged! That’s right, mead is back in fashion. Famous mostly for the image of ancient Vikings drinking it out of animal horns, mead is distinct from other wine-like beverages because it’s made with honey. Not grapes. I’ll give you a second for the walls of your reality to adjust to this shocking new information.

            Until fairly recently, mead was something of a novelty. It enjoyed popularity throughout Europe until the 17th century, when cane sugar became more widely available and honey was supplanted as the go-to sweetener. Over the years mead dropped in popularity until generally the only stuff you could find was oversweet and gimmicky, not worth the glass it was bottled in.

            But now, interest in mead has surged and craft meaderies have begun popping up all over the country. Modern mead is delicious and varied, with brewers tweaking sweetness, alcohol content, honey sources, and fruit infusions to create a beverage every bit as complex and expansive as grape-based wine. Whatever your drinking preferences, there’s probably a mead out there for you.

            If you’re looking to try something new, head over to your local meadery and try a glass or two. Maybe you’ll find your new obsession.

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Dogs and Wine

If you took a poll of every living human, asking them to list their top two greatest joys in life, there would be a unanimous answer:  Dogs and Wine. Everyone agrees. But there is an unfortunate catch– dogs don’t drink wine. But don’t worry! Through extensive research, I have found, definitively, what type of wine various dog breeds would prefer if they were able to drink it.

  1. Corgis: Moscato

            Corgis are pale, fluffy, and sweet, and there’s really no wine they could pair with better than a nice moscato. If you have doubts, pour yourself a glass of moscato and pull up a picture of a corgi (or get the real thing, if you have one!). Take a sip. Then look at the corgi. Take another sip. Have another look. See? They are the same.

  1. German Shepherd: Pinot Noir

            It’s easy to imagine a German shepherd drinking a glass of pinot noir in between bites of dog food. Both dog and wine are simultaneously mature and agreeable, medium-bodied, and well-tempered. Next time you pair a pinot noir with dinner, think about the German shepherds in your life, and see if it all doesn’t taste a little bit better.

  1. Dachshund: Zinfandel

            Picture a dachshund trying to drink a zinfandel. It wouldn’t be able to! Its front legs are so stubby that there’s no possible way it would be able to raise a glass to its lips. You’d have to feed it like a baby! What silly dogs.

  1. Husky: Chardonnay

            Bobsleds. Chardonnay. Thick fur. Chardonnay. UCONN Women’s Basketball. Chardonnay. These things fit together so well I bet you didn’t even realize I was listing different items. Anyway, a husky would drink chardonnay. It just would.

  1. Shih Tzu: Rosé

            Nothing says springtime like a rosé, except maybe a shih tzu drinking a rosé. Light, fruity, and breezy, they might be the best match on this list. You owe it to shih tzus everywhere to get yourself some rosé. They want you to drink more rosé. Maybe even some Amarose! Just a thought.

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Lodi Wine Country

If you ask for an opinion of the central valley from residents of California, travelers who might have visited on their way up or down the west coast, or really anyone with even a basic understanding of California geography, you will get largely the same story: The central valley is a boring, never-ending stretch of land on either side of I-5 that makes long-haul truckers long for the cornfields of Nebraska. For long stretches there is nothing but gray-brown landscape and overcrowded truck stops, the only reprieve from the misery coming in the form of the occasional tumbleweed, or perhaps a herd of cattle.

But those in the know are aware that the central valley contains more than a few hidden gems– places like Lodi Wine Country, where Amarose wine is made. Lodi is an ideal place for a winery, with a climate measurably cooler than the scorching heat of the southern central valley and sandy soil that is excellent for cultivating the complex, versatile flavor that makes Amarose so delicious.

Lodi is just east of the Bay Area, a short drive from San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkley, and just south of Sacramento, the state’s capital. The proximity to the sea and the many tributaries of the San Joaquin Delta have driven wine production in Lodi for more than 100 years and lend a pastoral beauty to the land that is absent in the popular image of the central valley.

Wine from Lodi tends to be bold and complex, with unapologetic fruit notes and a distinctively pale color that sets it aside from other California wines. Amarose exemplifies the best of the Lodi wine region– delightfully drinkable and versatile, with bold bursts of flavor and an instantly recognizable pale-pink color that lets you know that you are in for a treat.

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2020 Rose Still Rocking

If, like us at Amarose, you have a Google Alert running for any mention of the word ‘rosé,’ you probably saw Lettie Teague’s recent article for the Wall Street Journal entitled ‘Why Last Year’s Rosés Are Your Best Bet for Drinking Now.’ In the article, Teague gives a worrying prognosis– due to a series of complications concerning the strange, terrifying monster described by leading economists as the ‘Supply Chain,’ this year’s rosés are not only going to be more expensive than the previous years’, but also slower in finding their way to the desperate, rosé-crazed public. 

But worry not: this story has an upside. New rosé might be priced through the roof, but last year’s batch is not only more affordable, it also tastes better! While rosé is traditionally billed by the wine industry as a spring wine, sold and consumed after minimal aging, letting a bottle sit in the cellar actually develops the flavor, just as it does with red wine.

By now you’re probably wondering: year-old rosé? Where can I find that? Your tastebuds long for a wine that’s fruity and refreshing, but also complex and mature. Luckily, Amarose has your back. Our 2020 rosé remains as crisp and refreshing as it was when we first rolled it out– only now with an even more nuanced flavor profile, thanks to over a year in the cellar.

So as the weather starts to warm up this spring, snag the last remaining bottles of the 2020 Amarose vintage through our website, and let your taste buds thank you later. Who knows– maybe if you buy enough Amarose, the ‘Supply Chain’ will have pity on us and bless us with another 100 years of prosperity! Possibly! I’m just a wine blogger. I don’t really know how this works.

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