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LA VIE EN ROSÉ- pretty, pink pleasures

Most of the time, wine aficionados are absorbed in the shiny new whites and big reds, and we overlook the once beleaguered and belittled rosé that is happily making a comeback in Europe and most definitely in Greece. This growing demand has encouraged wine producers to think pink, and as a result, quality and year-round availability have improved tremendously.


The style of a rosé depends largely on the grape variety, but whether you choose your rosé by region, grape, or because you like the label; chances are your wine won’t win prizes for sophistication. Having said that, few wine lovers would disagree that one of life’s greatest pleasures is sitting on a seaside terrace on a hot summer day drinking a refreshing glass of chilled rosé.


A rosé needs to provide vibrant, fresh, fragrant and fruity natural flavors to be successful for summer sipping. Cretan rosés are primarily made from the local grape varieties of Kotsifali, with some Mandilari as well as perhaps Syrah to give it more weight and a more savoury side. A straight Kotsifali rosé is similar to its Spanish counterpart made from Grenache; light, fruity and dry with crisp acidity. The addition of the more tannic Mandilari will give it a needed touch of minerality to be more complimentary with foods. Since rosés are style-wise in the middle between whites and reds, for everyday drinking they can generally accompany a wider range of foods.

Wine Recommendations
Lyrarakis Idyll Rosé (Kotsifali-Syrah)
5 Medals including Gold at Challenge International du Vin in 2007. Intermediate rose colour with primarily violets on the nose. Fruity and dry with crisp acidity.

Douloufakis Enotria Rosé (Kotsifali-Syrah)

This organic wine has a light rose scent with orange accents. Berryish fruit on the palate. Round and soft with a pleasureable finish.

Minos Palace Rosé (Kotsifali-Mandilari)

Bright cherry pink color with an aroma of cherries and strawberries. Lively but not lingering with a full flavor and balanced aftertaste.

Mediterra Winery’s Rodeili (Kotsifali-Mandilari)

Silver medal in Austrian Wine Challenge 2007. Aromas of sour cherry, strawberry and rose petals. Full and refreshing with good acidity and a touch of minerality.


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