Savvy Summer Sister

Finally, here in Calgary we have entered into summer and it’s a hot one! Calgary is not alone, across Canada people have been feeling the heat.

WineCollective has a cure for the heat and you can look for it in our August packages. It is the perfect time to break out from under that sheltered rock and try a Rosé, the “sophisticated summer sister” to red wines! Not only is Rosé refreshing and thirst-quenching, but it should be served chilled. Perfect to sip while either escaping the heat or loving the heat! Or as put by, “Rosé wines is one way to muzzle the heat.”

Rosés come from many different red wine varieties such as Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Rosés show beautiful tones and colors from coral orange to a sassy dark pink, depending on how long the skins of the grapes are exposed to the juices.

Sitting on the patio seems like the natural way to sip away on Rosé! And why not, Rosés are at the top of the list when it comes to versatility with food pairings.  Match it up and switch it up, rosé is great for BBQ and patio food- from burgers and fries, to kabobs and watermelon salad.

If we haven’t won you over yet listen to this, “Rosé wine sales are on the rise as savvy wine lovers have discovered that many of these pink wines are not sugary sweet wines but rather sophisticated summer sisters of many red wine varietals”, as put by Stacey Slinkard from

Still need convincing? How about this from wine expert Lysanne Tusar, “Rosé has always been the go-to drink of choice throughout wine regions in Europe in the summer. It’s also quite diverse in food pairing options.” Tusar also states in the Huffington Post, “Rosé is very easy all by itself, it doesn’t get better than drinking a chilled rosé on the patio in the summer heat!”

This summer, enjoy the heat and enjoy Rosé because before you know it summer will be gone!