Guest Blog from Sparkling Winemaker, Dave Hickey: Rosé Colored Wine Glass

9723070ESeveral years ago I was at a pouring at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. The wines featured that day were our Brut Cuvée and our Brut Rosé. The guests that I would be serving were enjoying a trip on a “wine trail”, which means that they were all traveling on busses from one destination to another and would get to try different wines along the way. I was quite surprised that as the people arrived and headed for the table that I was at, many of them automatically veered away from the Brut Rosé and asked to try the Brut Cuvée. As I briefly tried to encourage different ones to at least taste the Rosé, I heard time and again “I don’t like sweet wines” and many refused to let the wine cross their lips.

There are, of course, wines that we like and wines that we don’t like. But I LaetitiaBrutRosélearned an important lesson that day: what we see in the glass can have a very strong influence on what we believe the wine will be like. Laetitia Brut Rosé is, of course, not considered a “sweet” wine. The sugar level in the wine is the same as our other “Brut” sparklers and the elegant pink-salmon hue of the wine is produced prior to bottling when I blend my very dry wines from harvest with a kiss of very dry red Pinot Noir that has aged in older French oak barrels. It is absolutely one of my favorite wines both to make and to enjoy with friends, with its beautiful notes of pale strawberry, freshly baked shortcake and raw almond, aromatic and flavorful, but with a crisp, dry finish. For me it just seems that the world looks better through a Rosé colored wine glass.

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