Thursday, June 10, 2010

#WARose Tasting with Paul Gregutt

Gertrude Stein once said in a poem from 1913, "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," but it is obvious Gertrude wasn't talking about rosé as these are not very ordinary. Washington State really has the right "touch." The fine crisp rosés from Washington State really bring the best out of the red fruit, but with a lighter touch. These pink luscious wines from Washington State are no longer your Gramma's jugs of blush she bought out when the other ladies came over to play bridge.

And to prove it, our favorite wine writer from Washington State, Paul Gregutt is going to host a wine tasting of these pretty pink Washington dry rosés tonight at Lake Union. And unfortunately there are a few of us who cannot be there with him, but through the magic of "TasteLive" and Twitter we can taste the wines along with MrG. Participants are invited to watch the Live UStream from the Randall PR Tastelive page, ask Paul Gregutt questions and tweet their thoughts on Washington dry rosés using the hashtag #WARose.

It is an impressive and rather diverse line-up featuring rosés from all over Washington State:

Syncline Wine Cellars 2009 Rosé, Columbia Valley ($16)
Waters Winery 2009 Rosé, Walla Walla Valley ($18)
Chinook Wines 2009 Cabernet Franc Rosé, Yakima Valley ($14.99)
Sleight of Hand Cellars 2009 Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($17.99)
Charles & Charles 2009 Rosé of Syrah, Columbia Valley ($12.99)
Lullaby Winery 2008 Rosé of Grenache, Columbia Valley ($16)
Barnard Griffin 2009 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley ($12)
Dusted Valley 2009 Rosé, Columbia Valley ($18)

I didn't receive all of the wines, but have already tasted a few of them. And I will have my past notes in hand. Also to the list I will personally add: Skylite Cellars 2008 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley ($17)

Stay tuned on Twitter and watch the #WArose. I will be there @Catie and @Walla2WineWoman. Stay tuned later for film at 11:00 pm. Now off to turn on a little Edith Piaf to get in the mood and open some chilled rosés

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