Forget strawberries and cream, rosé and warm summer days is our favourite seasonal combo.
We didn’t think we could find fault with a chilled glass of rosé but there could be something nasty lurking in our favourite summer drink.
“Stay away from big brands and companies, since these are the McDonald’s of the wine world, pumping their juice full of chemicals and synthetic ingredients,” Victoria warns.
It gets worse. Victoria explains that mass-produced wines often contain ingredients like horse hooves, sulfur dioxide and isinglass, aka fish swim-bladder granulate. Yikes.
Louise went on to share how to pick the perfect rose and avoid these nasty additions while you’re at it…
1. Don’t Fall For Gimmicks
“If something sounds gimmicky, it probably isn’t worth drinking,” says Victoria.
“These products are relying on advertising ploys versus high-quality methods and ingredients to sell their products. Run when you see wine names that use words that are stuck in the 1990s, like ‘angel’ or ‘whisper.'”
2. Look For A Specific Region
“The bigger the region, like Provence, for example, the more likely you are to stumble upon lower-quality wines,” explains Victoria.
“Get as specific as possible. Look for places within Provence like Bandol, Cassis and Palette. These places have stricter requirements for wine-making and vineyards, so as a result you have higher quality products!”
3. Find An Importer
“The back label of every imported wine bottle holds the importer information. These people do all the work for you, searching the world for the best products and assembling a portfolio of their favorites; you can trust them and anything they bring in will have heart and soul,” she says.
“Some examples of importers who focus on natural, organic, high-quality wines are Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Rosenthal, Louis Dressner and Skurnik.”
4. Know What To Ask For
“Ask your sommelier or wine shop for small producers who craft well-made pink wine,” says Victoria.
“Ask for rosés with soul!”