In The Pink

Brighten Your Spring Menus With Rosé

Spring is just around the corner, folks. Savor the fresh taste of the season with a pretty pink rosé.
Rosés — wines that hover between red and white — offer the best of both worlds. Equally at home at a sophisticated soirée or a picnic in the park, their food-friendly versatility pairs well with a variety of dishes.
Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is an elegant rosé. This delicate, dry wine of whole cluster pressed Pinot Noir grapes comes from the Carneros region of California’s Napa Valley. An aroma of strawberries and pears with floral undertones carries through to the fresh flavor of wild strawberries and a touch of citrus. Nicely balanced and full-flavored, it satisfies with a lingering finish. Pair it with Asian, Mexican and Indian cuisine; it also complements chicken, shrimp, barbecue and burgers. You can find it in Columbia for less than $30 a bottle.
The Rhône style of Elyse Rosé takes a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignane, Cinsault and Couniose grapes from the Sierra foothills and gives it a fresh, fruitful character. A bouquet of floral notes leads to a delicate flavor of strawberries with undertones of rose petals. Good balance and buoyant acidity make this rosé a great pairing with picnic and tailgate fare, pork entrées, chicken or seafood. This year’s release will retail for about $18 in Columbia.
Looking to keep it local with spring wine choices? Try some of these excellent Missouri rosés.


  • Adam Puchta Rosé: An Old World rosé, this dry, full-bodied wine tastes of raspberries and pineapple.
  • St. James Rougeon Rosé: An intense aroma and flavor of strawberries and white chocolate is underscored by crisp citrus notes in a dry rosé.
  • Stone Hill Rosé Montaigne: This semisweet rosé from blended Catawba and hybrid white grapes has a floral aroma and fruity character with just a touch of sweetness.
  • Stonehaus Farm Vineyard Strother Ridge Rosé Red: A sweet rosé from the St. Vincent grape, the cherry and melon flavor has a toasted edge to it.
  • Weingarten Vineyards Norton Rosé:  A semisweet Norton rosé with signature dark fruit flavor and a crisp finish.

Rosés are best served chilled to about 50 degrees. An hour in the refrigerator should do the trick.