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Rosé Revolution

Posted March 23, 2013 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

All the rain really fucked up the wet season, didn't it? Normally those first couple of months of the year, January especially, are like my annual drinking holiday. (Which is why come February I'm always a couple of kilos heavier, and in March I'm paying for it at the gym).

I scored a great gig this summer just past when a box of premium dry Rosé wines dropped on my front steps with instructions to 'enjoy'.

I've always been a fan of rosé as a summer drink. The heavy reds are impossible to get down your gullet after the mecury tops 30 plus and even some of the bigger fuck off whites, the chardys especially, can be too heavy to contemplate when you're faced with the usual groaning holiday buffet.

So yeah, I enjoyed. I've been meaning to blog about my faves all summer but wanted to wait until I moved into my new digs here. Below are six the best.

Some of them I'm very familiar with. The Rogers and Rufus is a fave and I tend to have a couple of bottles lying around any time after September. R&R are a coupla mad surfers and fishermen in their spare time (reminding me of a great sig file I used to see all the time when I haunted alt.surfing: I've surfed most of my life. The rest of my time I just sort of wasted). This wine's a dusty dry motherfucker, almost peppery to the tongue, but not rowdy with it. If you're the sort of reckless fool who likes his spanner crab flash fried in a wok and burning with chili, these are the boys to put out the fire for you.

The complete unknown for me, and a new best friend, was the Great Southern from Plantagenet Omrah. It's the darker looking one on the far left. It's a blend of temprenillo and shiraz grapes from WA and it is ay-fucking-mazeballz. I loved this fucking wine and sort of wished they'd just sent me half a dozen of it alone. I'd have been happy. Dry like all the others, with none of the sickly sweet fruity bullshit that defines a lot of truck stop rosé. The fruit's not missing in action. It's still there in hints of cherry and strawberry and shit, but even if you necked the whole bottle yourself, it'd never be too sweet. Not that I would. Oh no. Heaven forfend.

The others? All fab. Not a dud amongst them. The La Croix is a fave with the ladies because... well, the bottle, just look at that thing. That's a work of fucking art that is. And the wine is one of the quiet imports that've been turning up since the Aussie dollar decided to go into orbit and make drinking the French gear a lot more affordable for everyone. As you'd expect from an old French vinyard (est 1882) it's all fucking silky and sophisticumated. And it makes a great water bottle when you're done.

45 Responses to ‘Rosé Revolution’

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted March 23, 2013

Nice. Long for the cooler days to get into some nice reds. Have you tried Rockford Alicante Bouchet? That would be my pick but I do like the Omrah. Will now find some Rogers and Rufus to sample.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

No. I have not tried the Bouchet. But now I will.

AgingGamer reckons...

Posted March 23, 2013

You should also throw the Charles Melton rose on that list too. Right tasty blend of Grenache, Shiraz, cab Sav & Pinot meunière.

Peter Bradley mumbles...

Posted March 26, 2013

The Alicante Bouchet is an intyeresting grape in that the flesh is red whereas all other grapes get their colour from the skins.

The Charlie Melton Rose of Virginia (his wife's name) is a cracker!

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Meh, pour me a riesling anyday.

Or a Bulleit.

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Murph

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Yeah, Riesling's all right. I guess. But I drank a lot of cheap nasty lighter fuel passing itself off as Riesling when I was at uni. Never again.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

Hmm, I had that experience with Tequila in the Army.

And soju.

Oh, and rum.

Umm, hmm, I really haven't had wine ruined for me. Well, except for Boonesfarm, which is really fucking awful. And Mad Dog 20/20. We get a fair number of German and Australian Rieslings here. Yellow Tail is pretty iffy I've found but there are others that aren't too shabby. Respects,MurphOn the Outer Marches

damian has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013

Yes, the box monster of maximum vomit from Uni days was usually a riesling. If it wasn't actually a (God forbid) fruity lexia.

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w from brisbame would have you know...

Posted March 23, 2013

Dear Murph. Re: The white wine shelves

Back in the day in Australia, the white wine shelves in liquor outlets had a nice range of rieslings and other drier wine styles. Then there came the chardonnay infestation. I remained calm. I don't mind a nice chardy. However, the chardonnay outbreak only proved to be the stalking-horse for a greater apocalypse; the annihilating species replacement that occurred after the introduction of sauvignon blanc. It all started with a couple of bottles of Richmond Grove..... Now, sauvignon blanc and its derivatives stare balefully at you from every shelf. It's scary.

"Excuse me, sir. I just want a nice bottle of dry white wine."

They point you at the pinot grigio. Oh man, has it come to this!

Murph, has the same S.B. totalitarian evil struck in the U.S.A?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 23, 2013

Sav Blanc is the Britney Spears of the wine world. Not even the Taylor Swift of the wine world.

Britney. Fucking. Spears.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted March 23, 2013

Sav Blanc. Britney Spears with a kiwi accent, eh bro?Whitebait fritters, Savvy straight from the chilly bin, sweet as.

Murphy reckons...

Posted March 23, 2013

I wouldn't know. I don't drink it. I don't know anyone who drinks it.

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Murph

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

Thanks Murph. That answers my question. In Australia, if you ever drink white wine; the occasional consumption of SB or an SB blend is, if not compulsory, inevitable.

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Speaking of adult libations, tonight's pint is Boulevard Brewing Company's 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat.

I have not gotten around to setting up a new wine cellar yet.

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Murph

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Murphy mutters...

Posted March 23, 2013

You have my condolences, w from brisvegas.

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Murph

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013

SB, probably not. SSB, maybe. A nice cold-climate kiwi blend can work.

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MickH swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 23, 2013

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MickH reckons...

Posted March 23, 2013

looks like Dan fixed it. Thanks Dan.

I suspected it something to do with logon because I don't do that. I'm not used to it. so when i tried to post this time i got a you're ot logged on messgae and logged me on.

Thats sweet because its going to get me everytime.

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted March 23, 2013

I'm not really a rosé girl, but I may have to reconsider that after your feisty recommendations, John.

When I drink red, I have cabernet merlot. I like soft-bodied reds. Sometimes a glass of harsher, dry red--a full-bodied shiraz or pinot noir. I tend to drink red wines more in winter.

I don't drink alcohol much at all these days (I drink gallons of water) apart from the odd Friday night's indulgence but when I do, it's usually white wine--pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc.

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013

seems lately Mrs H has taken too the Brown Brothers Sparkling Moscato Rosa 200mL as it cpmes handily in a 4 pk for outings etc.

And for me, well its FKN RED or its FKN DEAD!..and beer of course!.

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Drej is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Britney > Taylor. Just sayin

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Whaaat! Drej, I will have to disagree.

Taylor Swift is an adept and original lyricist of the girly lovesick blues.

Britney mimes and learns dance routines. Though some of the pop song vehicles created for her were quite good; in a bubbly, ephemeral pop way.

drej reckons...

Posted March 23, 2013

Yeah, call me a sucker for a good train wreck, so long as they entertain well.

Also, girly lovesick blues and I have issues...

Murphy puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

Boobs

Lobes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 23, 2013

Can't say I'm a fan of, or even know any of her songs. But the smack down Taylor Swift put on Tina Fey was awesome. A few carefully chosen words and she turned Fey into a real life Liz Lemon full of inadequacy and awkwardness.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 24, 2013

Yeah, but then Amy Pohler bitch-pwnd her.

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

If you want accompaniements, we swung by that new Deli at the Hawthorne garage & discovered that it sells Eggplant tapenade & all manner of other lovely nibbly dippy things. Rather a nice little snack shop & it turned out a very tasty lunch for it.

My girlfriend was wondering how it would do, out in the middle of nowhere away from the other shops & I said 'Not to worry. JB will keep it solvent.'

Have you been through there yet?

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted March 23, 2013

I am familiar with their work.

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insomniac puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

Not sure about wine with "hints of ... shit"

Not really my kind of thing

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Abe Frellman has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013

I'm coming around to Rosé. In fact as a hedge for a hot Xmas day I had a few bottles from a local Murrumbateman winery ready to go. I prefer Pinot Noir, but rosé is typically a third to half the price.

Slightly off topic, but perhaps for a crossover with the fitness Burger (whatever was it called) you could tell us how to get smashed for the least calories. I'm guessing it's hard liquor, but I'd like to know a bit more about 'energy densities' of various types of wine/beer/spirits.

Sounds like the sort of thing Lobes would love to share with us.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 23, 2013

I must confess to popping a couple of bottles of lighter pinot into the esky for half an hour before Christmas lunch

Lobes asserts...

Posted March 23, 2013

Abe I believe you're pretty much on the money. Hard liquor is the best but its crucial that you drink it neat, on the rocks or at worst with soda. Mixers like coke, lemonade, fruit juice etc is full o sugar and very bad.

If you're drinking beer, even low carb beer, it's gonna hurt you with calories. And don't succumb to the drunken pig out or lure of a kebab on the way home either.

Abe Frellman asserts...

Posted March 23, 2013

Cheers. That's what I figured. I'm guessing red wine would be better than beer but no by a long way, right?

Lobes puts forth...

Posted March 23, 2013

From memory beer and wine are fairly similar when it comes to calories but wine has a higher alc% so you get more bang for your buck.

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DrYobbo is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

Rose is desperate rubbish consumed by arrivistes.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted March 23, 2013

You misstyped, my good doctor. Allow me to assist.

New Zealand rosé is desperate rubbish consumed by arrivistes.

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RobertL has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013
Rose is great, but you have to be careful not to get one of the sickly sweet ones. I recommend the "Rose of Virginia" by Charles Melton.

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Mayhem has opinions thus...

Posted March 23, 2013

You people are soooo bad for my AFDs. The LaCroix is probably something I would pick, because as with horse racing, I have zero idea about Roseay. I'd go for the pretty bottle, or the prettiest silks, or the most Irish sounding name...

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Martin is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

I did some in-depth participant research on rose a couple of years ago ... well, I went on a one man mission to find a bone dry rose that works on a scorching Adelaide summer's day. After several false starts with 'dry' roses that were closer to raspberry cordial I met Spinifex Rose from the Barossa. This review is pretty spot on: http://www.auswine.com.au/styles/red/rose/spinifex-barossa-and-eden-valleys-rose.html

Peter Bradley is gonna tell you...

Posted March 26, 2013

Absolutely spot on Martin! I can endorse your selection.

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warren nelson tipsily asserts...

Posted March 23, 2013

There is one thing I have learnt about wine.

If it has 'Classic' in the title, it isn't.

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damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 23, 2013

I'm coming around to Rosé, too. We actually had a quickly chilled bottle (from Fifth Leg) today with the MiL (after sparkling Pinot Noir and Viognier). "Voit eess een deess peenk sheet? Ai-yam tort-tully shlosh-hed." It was a pleasant drop, something of a surprise. I always sort of arced up at the concept of chilled reds, but I guess in time everything can be considered, tried and even enjoyed.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 23, 2013

You don't need to chill the red to ice cold. But remember in Europe they're coming out of a cellar at a much lower temp than we drink them off the shelf here. In our high summer a room temperature wine can be hotter than blood. So yeah, a quick chill is good.

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted March 23, 2013

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't mind a nice Sauvignon Blanc. I just think it is beyond bizarre that this niche, novelty wine has so taken over the white wine section.

Like going to the DVD store and finding out that 70% of all movies star Robert Downey Jnr.

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted March 24, 2013

White wine - find Willunga Pinot Gris. Delicious. A week today and I will be in the Hunter, stocking up on Brokenwood Indigo Pinot Noir and ForestEdge Chardonnay. Amongst others.....

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