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Wine of the Week – Stemmari 2014 Rosé, Wines of Sicily

It’s appropriate during the week we celebrate Earth Day to look at a winery that is nothing if not sustainable. Stemmari, has been honored with the European certificate, EMAS, for  its many green practices in its farming. The winery is solar powered, does pruning by hand, and adds organic matter and nutrients to enrich the soil in which its grapes grow. This very nice rosé displays fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, bringing reminders of summer. The winery is more than 50 percent underground and contains heated solar panels on its roof to help it produce 3,500 gallons of water a day.

This wine is delicate and fresh, 12 percent ABV. Sicilian wines date to the Greek and Roman era, but today, this winery, Feudi Arancio, makes its wines  in a traditional villa in stainless tanks. in 2002 Feudo Arancio became the first Italian winery to receive the ECO Management and Audit Scheme 2 certification for its entire production chain. Feudo Arancio assessed its initial environmental condition, drafted plans for environmental impact improvements and committed to an external auditing system that evaluates the results of these projects. A computerized system monitors both cultivation of the vines and harvesting.

Wine of the Week – Chateau De Lancyre 2013 Rosé

Chateau De Lancyre dates to 1550 as a winery, but the chateau itself was built in the 1200 on the ruins of an old fort on limestone.
In the heart of Pic Saint Loup, a mild winter followed by a rainy Spring and later, a mild fall allowed for a perfectly ripe harvest. This rosé is not one to be lightly dismissed! Serious and balanced, it offers good minerality and earthiness.
Salmon pink in hue, it’s a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. The resulting wine offers notes of cherry, raspberry and melon, and pairs well with dishes such as roast chicken. It has 13.5 abv and a suggested retail price of around $15.
We like rosés year-round and this one is a good choice for any time you want a delicious taste of Languedoc rosé!

A rosé from the Italian hillsides around Trento

Italy’s Trento is south of Alto Adige, a central Alpine region of the country,where Cantine Ferrari is producing gorgeous sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc.The winery dates to 1902 and today, is known for its wide range of signature, estate-grown and Riserva Lunelli (new) wines as well as what is said to be Italy’s most awarded cuvee, Giulio Ferrari.
Bubbles are always delicious and perhaps even more so when they’re pink! The Ferrari rosé is a highly accessible rosé that is made from a premium blend of 60 percent Pinot Nero (vinified as a rosé) and 40 percent Chardonnay. It’s 12.5 percent alcohol by volume. The first vintage was made in 1969.
Elegant and fragrant, the wine is dry and refined with a lingering finish.

Wine of the Week – DeMorgenstern DMZ Cabernet Rosé 2012

From high above sea level in the cooler areas of the Western Cape, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa comes this charmer of a rosé from trellised vineyards where the owners pipe in Baroque music because they believe it will impact the ripening process of the grapes in a positive way. The grapes are handpicked, de-stemmed and lightly crushed and the juice is left in contact with the stems for nearly tree hours, allowing a pink hue to develop. The must is settled overnight and cool fermented to maintain a fresh fruit profile. On the lees for some four months, the wine’s “best components” are chosen and blended, then filtered prior to bottling. In tribute to the Cape’s Dutch roots, the vineyard’s name, DeMorgenstern, means “the morning sun” in Dutch. The first vines were planted in the early 1700s and the estate was sold in 2003 to Wendy and Hylton Applebaum who have transformed it in recent years.