Northern Virginia Rosé Round-Up

June 22, 2017

Rosé:  the quintessential summer wine.  While Rosé can be enjoyed year round, many people associate it with summer.  I tend to be one of those people, as nothing sounds better to me on a hot summer day than a dry, crisp, refreshing Rosé.  

  • One common misconception about Rosé that we need to debunk right away:  Rosé does not mean sweet!  While there are some Rosé wines that are sweet, many Rosés are dry.
  • Almost all of the Rosés featured here are made from 100% red grapes.
  • Another thing many people don’t realize:  Rosé pairs well with many different types of food!  I am certainly not a pairing expert, so my advice would be to ask someone at the winery what they would suggest pairing that specific Rosé with.

I wanted to create a post where readers could easily see some of the wineries in Virginia that are carrying Rosé this summer.  Just to be clear, this list is not an exhaustive list of Rosé that is available in Central Virginia- just a taste. 🙂  But hurry!  Some of these Rosés are already on their way to being sold out!  

To be honest, I was conflicted about what information to include about each winery.  While Dan and I have learned so much about wine-making and all it’s complexities, I still want to stay true to the original focus of Love and Wine, which is to provide “stats” about each winery.  These stats don’t convey the passion each of these winemakers have for their vineyards and their wine.  The best way to see that passion is to visit the wineries yourselves- taste the wine, walk the properties, and truly see for yourself the amazing wine Virginia is producing.

Along with “stats,”  I included the composition of each wine (AKA what grapes it’s made of), as well as the tasting notes from the winery itself.

**I don’t have pictures for a few of the featured wineries…life got in the way before I could make it out to everyone! 🙂

 

Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn– Mary-Madeleine’s Rosé Wine

  • This one-of-a-kind rosé displays hints of cherry and strawberry- perfect with an array of cheeses! Also wonderful as a contrast to spicy dishes.

Location:  3180 Aspen Dale Ln., Delaplane, VA, 20144

Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-5:00pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 12:00-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes- you can order light fare ahead of time, using their website.

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasionally, check their Facebook page for event details and dates.

 

Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg– 2016 Rosé

  • 100% Merlot
  • On the nose this wine presents aromas of melon and white peach with a gentle floral note.  The palate is soft and bright and continues the melon and peach notes from the nose.

Location:  38600 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg, VA 20117

Hours:  Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm; Saturday  11:00am-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes- on the first floor of the tasting room, the porch, the patio, and grounds

Kid Friendly?:  Yes- on the first floor of the tasting room, the porch, the patio, and grounds

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live music every Saturday and Sunday, as well as other occasional events.  Check out their website for dates and details.

Casanel Vineyards & Winery– 2016 Rosé “Jose”

  • 60% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carmenere
  • Color is soft, pastel pink-with notes of watermelon, strawberry, cherry blossom, and rose petal.  Some creaminess, but also crisp and fresh with a nice acidity.

Location:  17956 Canby Rd, Leesburg, VA., 20175

Hours:  Friday-Monday, 11:00am-6:00pm; Thursday, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes- outside

Events?:  Occasionally, check their website for dates and details.

 

Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint– Tannat Rosé

  • 100% Tannat
  • Light bodied, dense & concentrated – with dark cherry fruit flavors & crisp finish.

Location:  3238 Railstop Rd, Markham, VA 22643

Hours:  Thursday-Monday, 11:00am-5:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  No

Kid Friendly?:  No- must be 21 or older

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasionally, check their website for dates and details.

 

Creek’s Edge Winery

  • 2015 Rosé of Merlot
  • Off-dry Rosé with almost 1% residual sugar.  This wine boasts the tastes and smells of strawberry and apple with hints of grapefruit. 

Location:  41255 Annas Lane, Lovettsville, VA 20180

Hours:  Thursday: 11:00am-8:00pm; Friday and Saturday: 11:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live music Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

 

Desert Rose Ranch and Winery– 2015 Sparky Rosé 

  • 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Chambourcin
  • It was aged in stainless and is nearly dry the way a fine Rosé  should be.  This is not a sparkling wine as the name might imply but a tribute to a local power company that “acquired” part of our property.  It has all of the finesse of such a takeover with none of the lawyers involved! 

Love their motto- “we take our wine and wine making very seriously” but not ourselves.”

Location:  13726 Hume Rd., Hume, VA 22639

Hours:  Open Daily, 12:00-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes- very, even inside!

Kid Friendly?:  Yes- they even have a dedicated kids area in the tasting room.

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasional events, including live music.  Check their website for dates and details.

 

Paradise Springs Winery – Nana’s Rosé 2016:

  • 55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot.
  • This dry French style Rosé is a refreshing selection.  Aromas of rose oil and grapefruit accent flavors of guava, strawberry and citrus. Grape skins contact at cold temperatures for only two days give this wine it’s pale salmon color.

Location:  13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, VA, 20124

Hours:  Ope daily from 11am-7pm (Extended hours until 9pm on Fridays)

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes- but they do have an adult only back deck.

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live music is scheduled every Friday and Saturday, Occasional music on Sundays as well.

 

Slater Run Vineyards– 2016 Rosé

  • 76% Cabernet Franc & 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Made with both the direct pressing method (60%) and bleeding method (40%). Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, this Rosé is crisp and fresh with a long floral nose. 

Location:  Slater Run Vineyards at the Local Taste- 9030 John S Mosby Hwy, Upperville, VA 20184

Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 12:00pm-7:00pm;  Sunday- 12:00pm-5:00pm

The Slater Run Vineyards winery is open the first weekend of every month from May through October.

 

You can also find Rosé at the following Northern Virginia wineries & vineyards:

 

Anyone have a favorite Northern Virginia Rosé?  Let me know in the comments below!

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