More than 30 Finger Lakes wineries participated in the sixth annual Discover Dry Rosé Grand Tasting for industry and media March 28 at Fox Run Vineyards, where they showcased their Dry Rosé wines made from the fruit of the 2017 vintage. Fellow winery owners, wine merchants, restaurateurs, hoteliers, food and travel writers, and tourism industry leaders sampled Dry Rosé wines and spoke with the winemakers to learn more about the growth of Dry Rosé wine production in the Finger Lakes.
Hosts Scott & Ruth Osborn, of Fox Run, stated how pleased they were to see such interest among the “gatekeepers” who help introduce new wines to the public. Wine lists of shops, restaurants and hotels will soon be amended to include the latest “springtime” expression of the region’s vineyards.
The 2017 Dry Rosés continue to display increasing character and quality, and are rightfully taking their place as one of the signature styles of wine produced among the Finger Lakes’ exceptional offerings. And the 2017 crop WAS exceptional, in both quality and abundance. A well-watered summer was complemented by a stretch of warm, sunny weather before harvest — meaning that well over 20,000 cases of 2017 Finger Lakes Dry Rosé will grace the tables of the world this year.
The despite some unifying characteristics, the Dry Rosés of the Finger lakes show a wide variety, attained by the different grapes used (from the popular Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, to the more rarely seen Sangiovese and Syrah), and the winemakers’ choice of techniques to express their skill. Direct pressing versus extended maceration with the grape skins, or the saignée (“bleeding”) method versus the blending of red and white wines, all have distinct effects on the final result.
Renowned local winemaker Peter Bell commented, “Dry Rosé is a very transparent wine. It won’t hide any mistakes the winemakers has made.” From the palest blush to near magenta, a range of residual sugars levels, floral to fruit aromas, and flavors from fresh strawberry and crisp citrus to hints of grass and minerality, and mouthfeels from acidic to creamy, are all expressions of the vintage and what a fine winemaker can do with it. All of which means there are multiple individual Dry Rosés that will appeal to wine lovers’ palates.
To celebrate this increasingly popular style of wine, the participating wineries offer a consumer ‘Discover Dry Rosé’ campaign during the entire month of April, featuring and promoting Finger Lakes Dry Rosé. The goal of the campaign is simple; to educate consumers on what makes a Finger Lakes Dry Rosé distinctly unique, and to think of the Finger Lakes first when they stop by their local wine shops to pick up a bottle of Dry Rosé this spring.
Explore the Finger Lakes region and stop by one of the following wineries to taste their 2017 Dry Rosé:
240 Days Winery, Anthony Road Wine Company, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Barnstormer Winery, Barry Family Cellars, Bellangelo, Billsboro Winery, Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Casa Larga Vineyards, Chateau Lafayette Reneau Winery, Damiani Wine Cellars, Domaine LeSeurre Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, Fulkerson Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hector Wine Company, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards, Hosmer Winery, Inspire Moore Winery, Kelby James Russell Wines, Kemmeter Wines, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Knapp Vineyards, McGregor Vineyard, Nine Four Wines, Osmote, Ravines Wine Cellars, Red Tail Ridge, Serenity Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery, Silver Thread Vineyard, Standing Stone, Swedish Hill, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, Wagner Vineyards, and Zugibe.
The public can interact with Discover Dry Rosé through the Facebook page facebook.com/discoverdryrose and by sharing their favorite Finger Lakes Dry Rosé wines on social media platforms and tagging #flxrose.
Visit DiscoverDryRose.com to learn more about this style of wine and to find great recipes for year round food and Dry Rosé pairings.