The best rosés are so much more than just something for quaffing in the sun. They also make great wines to pair with food. These are the words of The Wine Society’s wine buyer, Freddy Bulmer.
Following our recent wine judging, we caught up with him to hear what his thoughts were on this burgeoning category.
“I personally absolutely love rosé” he shared. “I think it's a wonderful category of wine and I think it's probably more exciting now than it ever has been.”
“Crucially, while rosé is often seen as something which is great for drinking in the sun on its own, it can also make a good food pairing wine. If you’re looking for something a bit different to pair with tuna steak for instance, some of the full-bodied rosés hit the spot, for example Tavel rosé, or as we’ve seen from Greece, Xinomavro rosé can be brilliant option with pork or white meats. So, it's a very exciting category, and one to get behind and promote the individualism within rosé and recognise it in the same way as white and red wine.”
While the majority of the IWSC’s top scoring rosés this year originated from France’s Provence region, rather than the regions highlighted above by Freddy, it is worth highlighting the winners from Spain’s Valencia and Navarra region are worth seeking out.
In celebration of International Rosé Day 2022, here are the IWSC’s highest scoring rosés from this year’s wine awards: