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Hooray for rosé


Liquid Geography at Edmond Wine Shop
By: Mark Hancock

So says a famous bumper sticker by winemakers Charles Bieler and Charles Smith. Bieler is credited with helping bring about a rosé revolution in the U.S., and its popularity is growing in Oklahoma City as well.

Many metro restaurants — including La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May; The Lobby Bar, 4322 N. Western; The Metro Wine Bar, 6418 N. Western; and Stella, 1201 N. Walker — include a rosé on the menus for nearly every season, but the wine is most sought-after during hot summer months.

The newest crop arrived last month, and some are new to the state.

Bieler’s newest rosé is Liquid Geography, a 100-percent Monastrell from Spain’s Bullas region. It’s delicious, as Bieler’s wines tend to
be, but this one allows you to drink and feel good about yourself. All
of the proceeds go to the T.J. Martell Foundation for cancer research.

It’s priced around $12 and is available at Broadway Wine Merchants, 824 Broadway; Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, 2322 N. Broadway; and Edmond Wine Shop, 1520 S. Boulevard in Edmond.

Chateau Grande Cassagne Costieres De Nimes has a long name, but it’s worth remembering. A Southern Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the Cassagne is very dry, but with solid fruit. It’s available at Broadway Wine Merchants and priced around $12.

Vinho Verde rosé is appearing more frequently on retail shelves. The light Portuguese wine is typically associated with easy-drinking whites, but the rosés are as approachable. Look for Hera or Casal Garcia: light, fruity, slightly dry and priced around $10.

Tuck Beckstoffer is known for serious wines, so it’s something of a pleasant surprise to see that he named his new rosé Hogwash.

According to Beckstoffer, it’s a response to wine critic Jancis Robinson’s assertion that the name “rosé” is a problem that wine marketers must overcome. The Hogwash is 100-percent Grenache from two vineyards, one in Mendocino and one in Paso Robles.

At around $16, the wine is new locally. Look for it in shops that carry rosé or order it from your favorite.

Oklahoma native David Johndrow is releasing a limited amount of his Johndrow Vineyards Rosé this year. This is the first year winemaker Rob Lawson made the rosé of Cabernet, and the juice is from the same grapes used for the Reserve Cabernet.

The Sooner State will have about 10 cases of this limited-production wine, so order soon.

This wine included, Johndrow forecasted his own sales to determine how much his winery would give to the American Red Cross for tornado relief: $10,000.

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