THE ROSÉ TOO GOOD TO SHARE: DONITA DYER RETURNS
By Donita Dyer
As it’s my mission to spread the love of Rosé wine, I recently invited some friends over for a spontaneous dinner to share a new bottle I’d found and was very excited to try. Now, normally I would open a wine, we’d all taste it, and I'd happily make sure their glasses stayed topped up until that bottle was done.
However, this time was a little different.
I REALLY liked it, and I kind of didn’t want to share it. But I had already talked it up! How was I going to say, “You cant have any, it’s too good and I want it to myself”?
Ideas began flowing in my mind… I could cancel due to a last minute flu? Or, I could pour it just for me and fill their glasses with something else? “No, that wont work” I thought, as they’d see what I was doing from my open concept kitchen!
And then they just buzzed from the downstairs lobby. It was too late!
So, I quickly devised a plan. I’d just pour a little in each glass, like a sample taste… you know, because it’s not “cold enough” and to make sure “they like it”. I’d drink mine, then sneakily fill my glass with a larger pour, then work my way around to their glasses with a smaller pour. Ha! Not ideal, but what was I to do?
They arrived, I poured the wine as per “my plan”, and they were all so busy chatting, they didn’t even notice. -> Insert witch-like laugh here <- And they all agreed with me, this Rosé was delicious!
The limestone soils on this Mediterranean island definitely contribute to the complexity of this wine. A mild sea-water wash over fresh ripe red berries; a back bone of dusty red cherries; candied lemon peel; a touch of tart grapefruit; and a savory herbal note that finished with juicy acidity.
Made from 60% Nielluccii (this is Corsica’s name for Sangiovese) and 40% Syrah. And they added just enough color from the skins to give it a beautiful light pink hue.
This would pair beautifully with sliced fresh peaches with basil, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with course salt; or freshly-grilled eggplant and even a fresh salad with grilled tofu and veggies.
This is such a gem, but then I think all wines from this island are a bit of a secret waiting to be discovered. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
What: 2016 Terra Vecchia Corse Rosé
Where: Legacy Liquor Store and other private liquor retailers across BC
Price: $26.00 + tax / 750ml
Besides being the Rosé correspondent for The Planter’s Guide, Donita Dyer is an in-demand wine professional and the founder of both Cork Affairs and Wine & Travel Concierge. Follow her on social @mizzdonita.