Yes Way Rosé
We don’t know who coined that phrase, but we sure know that we agree with it. In fact, it has become a motto this summer, especially with so many North Willamette wineries turning star Pinot grapes into extraordinary rosés. Thankfully, the North Willamette Vintners event, Rosé in Rose City, brings all of these stellar rosé offerings into one blush-worthy wine tasting event (July 31; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $25 per person).
Rosé in Rose City will take place, a short drive from Portland, at Oak Knoll Winery. Expect rosé and other summer varietals from 17 local wineries, as well as food pairings, lawn games and live music. Come with an appetite because rosé pairs well with barbeque and other smoky flavors. Fittingly, Hillsboro’s The Meating Place will provide local, sustainable and house-cured barbeque. When it comes to rosé, remember that it’s think pink all around: pink meats go with pink wine!
Check out the event details for a full listing of participating wineries. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the delightful rosé to be had:
Abbey Creek Vineyard goes rogue with its rosé blend, abandoning Pinot in favor of a 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon for its 2012 Mélange Rosé. The result is a softly sweet and happily zingy glass of wine.
Montinore Estate also brings its rosé A-game with its 2013 Pinot Rosé. The notes of strawberry, black cherry and dried fruit create a sip that is fruity yet tightly structured.
Unlike its Pinot Noir counterparts, rosé is meant to be enjoyed relatively close to its bottling. So, pick up the youngest bottles of your favorites at the Rosé in Rose City event and take them home—by the case-full—with Alaska Airlines’ “Oregon Wines Fly Free” promotion. That way, you can drink rosé for the rest of the summer in Tualatin Valley style.
P.S. Everything’s coming up roses! Check out these rose-named shops, spas and restaurants:
- Broadway Rose Theatre Company for fantastic shows
- Rose City Modern for high-quality retro furniture
- Rose City Ceramics for sought after ceramic collectibles
- Rose’s Restaurant & Bakery for the best matzo ball soup in Oregon
- RoseSprings Center for the Healing Arts for a soothing retreat