100 Days of Rose

Each year we see more and more friends getting turned on to rose with sales doubling year after year. It's easy to see why, rose is a noble creation dating back thousands of years. Indeed, at least in France the first wines ever made were rose, long predating the full bodied reds we are so familiar with these days. Why has it taken us so long here in the states to embrace these treasures? That's the story of a product that we all know and have mixed emotions about. Demand for white wine in California was so high in the 70's that whites were being made from every grape possible even the thick skinned Zinfandel. An accidental stuck fermentation, a little more extraction from sitting on the skins waiting for fermentation to finish and White Zinfandel was born.

It was an immediate hit for the American palate, at that time driven by off dry wines and a phenomenon was born overshadowing the existing European styles. I still see so many people who believe all rose is sweet, but one sip of the bone dry Armas de Guerra Bierzo Rosado blows apart that world view. We stock roses from Italy, Spain, France, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

Roses are almost all made from traditional red grapes, although some will toss a bit of red wine into a white for the color change. The truly amazing ones are from all red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Carginan, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot! Tasting your familiar grapes done as rose is like discovering an friend with a superhero alter ego!

As our ode to summer starting, we will be doing 100 Days of Rose here at Bitto. For the next 100 days we will be featuring a rose everyday for $20 a bottle and $5 a glass, but just stop in for a free taste of our featured gem anytime! Of course they are all for sale in the Orchard Wine Cellar as well with none over $20 and most under $15! We'll be announcing the selection on our Facebook page so stay tuned!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Bonavita Red

    #1 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #2 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays. (behind by 30 bottles)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #3 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 1 bottles)

  • Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    #4 Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    The Volunteer is a medium density Cabernet, with hints of cherry, cranberry, toasted vanilla and subtle tannins. Juicy with a little smoke and oak. Named for the wine maker who is a volunteer Fire Fighter in Napa Valley. (behind by 5 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • Porron Decanter

    Porron Decanter

    The porron wine pitcher is a festive way to serve wine. Either use as a decanter or just pick up the porron and tilt it so that a thin stream of wine pours directly into your mouth! It takes some skill, but it is fun at a party to see how well you and your friends master the technique. Each porron holds 1 liter, which is a perfect size to hold a bottle of wine.

  • Clos Mazurique

    Clos Mazurique

    Along the Loire river you'll find Saumur. Cab Franc dominates the red plantings and we can see a prime example with this bottle. Perfumed floral aromas, dark cherry, forest floor and mineral. Gorgeous mouthfeel and smooth tannic structure. Bright acidity making this wine an easy drinker.