Chile vs Spain: Rosé
Ahhh Summer! It’s a particularly sunny, warm day here in London Town (which alone warrants celebration!) and so is ideal for today’s fifth round of Wines of the World Cup as we have a match-up of Rosé: Chile vs Spain!
Now in that other popular World Cup series (you know, the one in South Africa ) the actual match between Spain and Chile doesn’t take place until June 25, but when it comes to wine, any day will do, and especially one like today as sun and rosé are the perfect team!
How fortunate that Spain and Chile are in the same group because they are two of my favourite countries for rosé. The grape varieties are usually quite different, but fingers crossed, I haven’t been disappointed so far! In Spain they typically use Garnacha (Grenache in France), Tempranillo (the grape most known for red wine from Rioja) either on their own or blended with other international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. Those from Chile are usually Merlot, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Interestingly, we have a battle of New World (Chile) vs Old World (Spain) and usually there are quite distinctive difference between the two, but I think less so when it comes to styles of rosé. Usually the New World wines are juicier and riper because of the warm weather in many of the regions, but in this pairing, most of Spain will be warmer than many of the winemaking areas of Chile. Both countries make gorgeous examples of rosé that are fresh and fruity without being sweet, but that are also crisp and refreshing – like a bowl of cool strawberries straight from the fridge!
There are lots of rosés readily available on supermarket shelves and wine lists and if you find a restaurant or bar that serves one from Chile and one from Spain by the glass, be sure to try them both and choose your winner of Round 5 of Wines of the World Cup!
I’ve tried several recently and not just because of the weather, but a) because I’m a huge rosé fan and b) because I can’t choose a favourite, so I’m declaring Round 5 a draw!
Let me know how you get on with your Wines of the World tournament!
There’s always time for wine!
Tara – Wine Passionista