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Anders' Wine Review - Quails' Gate Rosé

Quails' Gate Rosé


Here is a wine that you do not want to miss out on. If you have been following my blogs you know I’m a big fan of Rosé wines. They are so refreshing and they go especially great with a nice light lunch. There is a big difference between a Rosé and a Great Rosé.

If you have not had a glass of Quails Gate Rosé, you have been missing out on probably one of the best Rosé wines available. Quails Gate Wine Maker Grant Stanley has done it again!! "Grant don't stop here, we need another vintage when this one is gone".

The Quails' Gate 2009 Rosé is made from 100% Gamay Noir grapes, making this a crisp dry fruity wine. From the first to the last sip, this wine with it's flavours will send your taste-buds on a roller coaster like never before. Creamy Rhubarb-Strawberry is what first comes to mind, followed by Red Current aromas.

Quails' Gate Winery is one of my favourite wineries to visit in the Okanagan Valley. Family owned by the Stewart Family, pride of ownership is evident from every corner of the property to the restaurant and the tasting room. Every time we go to Quails' Gate it never seems to amazes me how friendly the staff is, hands down, the most courteous and friendly we have run into on our wine tours.

Gamay Noir or "Gamay" is a dark purple coloured grape that is mostly known for the red wine Beaujolais. The Gamay grape dates back to the mid 1300's.  Gamay is also the grape that produces the yearly crop of Beaujolais Nouveau and now of course Quails' Gate Rosé.

According to Quails' Gate the grapes were harvested in October of 2009. The grapes were then crushed and soaked overnight allowing the clear juice to draw flavour and colour from the darker grape skins. Then they were separated for cold fermentation.

Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes
A Rosé can be paired with all kinds of food; try it with smoked fish, prawns, crab, lobster, egg dishes, and more.

It pairs absolutely fantastic with Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey dinners.

Now that fall and winter is here, try pairing it with my Smokey Corn Chowder , Dungeness Crab Quiche or my wife Liz's Crab Cakes, delectable.

In my opinion, this wine should be drank now and not cellared.

I always try to keep a good supply around the house, but once friends know you have some, your friends will be back for more.

Be warned, all I can say, buy it by the case!

Kiss the cook,

Anders

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