Rosé-Hey-Hey How You Doin’? (Women Want Rosés, Not Roses)

Vinted on June 9, 2011 binned in elegant wines, wine news

Hey dudes (that’s an open term… and meant to include dudes into dudettes, or alternatively dudettes also into dudettes): thinking of stopping by the flower shop on the way to picking up that hot date? You might want to hit the liquor store instead.

The Times Live reported last week that, according to an on-line poll, women see wine as not just important but essential to a romantic date:

In a global poll of 10,500 women in five countries, two-thirds of respondents said that drinking wine is an important part of the dating ritual. Nearly 68 percent said a glass of wine is essential when it comes to creating a romantic setting, compared to 20 percent who said it’s not important.”

I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell am NOT going to argue with a group of 10,000+ women. No. F*cking. Way. Would you like another glass, honey?

Come to think of it, I rarely even argue with the two women with whom I live, though one of them (my three year old daughter) can turn in surprisingly cogent reasoning (for her age, I mean) on why she should, in fact, be permitted to have a second chocolate chip cookie.


Interestingly, rosé seems to be the big winner in all of this survey results business, with red wine being the big ol’ loser

To the virtual tape:

Since 2009, consumption of rosé wines has grown a staggering 160 percent, and 16 percent of women said that’s all they’ll drink. Overall, 51 percent of women said they prefer red wine — that’s a 15 percent drop from 2009.”

So… if you’re planning on wooing a lady, and are looking to up your wine IQ as a result of the above findings (and we’ve known for a long time that perceived wine knowledge makes you appear sexier, by the way), this news certainly suggests that drinking pink ought to be (very) high on your list of preferred strategies (you can start by earning the 1WD badge in the mobile VinPass game, which currently is based on tasting rosé wines – and would, at the very least, get you some empirical visual proof via your smart phone that you at least tried to get on your better half’s better side… just sayin’).

This all got me thinking about the rosés that I’ve tasted recently from the sample pool, and what I might recommend for such shenanigans noble lovelorn pursuits, and one bottle stood out as particularly memorable.  Proceed with caution, though – this week’s featured wine is really damn good, but really damn expensive, and probably best reserved for a really damn special night with a really damn special someone:

2008 Château d’Esclans “Garrus” (Côtes de Provence)
Price: $90
Rating: A-

It’s self-billed as the world’s “best” rosé wine, and unfortunately has the price-point to match.  Having said that, you’d be hard-pressed to match the complexity and elegance of the Garrus among its rosy competition.  It’s a demanding wine, with red berry fruits and floral notes sitting atop a firm structure that is clearly built for aging, and most people (even wine geeks) don’t have much rosé-aging experience (I once aged a bottle of Napa white zinfandel… the results were… uhmm… not great). Whether or not you consider it the best rosé, chances are good that you’ll find it one of the more memorable wines that you ever try.

Looking for a cheaper but also-elegant alternative? The 2009 Château d’Esclans “Whispering Angel” delivers capably at around $17 (and of course carries the Château d’Esclans cachet name factor, just in case you need it for date-night purposes… not that you’re shallow, honey… I didn’t mean it like that.. OMG! YOU ALWAYS DO THIS!!!… okay, that’s it, we are LEAVING!).






  • Richard Scholtz

    I don't know about you, but I would not be willing to drop $90 on a "date wine" without knowing my prospective partner's wine preferences. If she doesn't like it, I'm stuck drinking a $90 bottle (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), and I have a partner with no wine (which is a very bad thing).
    When it comes to rose, I stick the the Rhone and Provence. Those roses tend to have more backbone and structure, whereas the New World roses I've tried are all fruit. Those wines are fine for just wanting a glass when it's 100 degrees outside, but they often get "washed out" when paired with food.

    • Rogersworthe

      I would also add that the Loire Valley produces some fantastic Rose, specifically the region of Cheverny. Similar to the Rhone and Provence in acidity and backbone, but a slightly different fruit component and minerality, which is fun to experience.

      That being said, the best Rose I have ever had was Kracher Illmitz Rose made from the Zweigelt grape from Burgenland, Austria. Unbelievable, especially for the price (if you can find it). Anybody living in Savannah, GA go to to pick some up. Amazing juice, and to add to the point of this post, I had it on my honeymoon on Tybee Island.

      • 1WineDude

        Thanks, Rogersworthe – nice shout out to Austria there!

  • 1WineDude

    Marlene – read the linked article, it won't give the detail of who ran the on-line poll but does mention: "The online survey was conducted in partnership with Elle magazines in France and Hong Kong, Konsum Göttinnen in Germany, Wine Spectator in the US and Decanter in the United Kingdom. "
    I'm not saying it's 100% correct, of course, but it's pretty broad and 10K responses is an enormous number from a poll perspective – certainly enough to have some statistical relevance.

  • carinne

    Love drinking wine with my boyfriend. He's not a wine drinker (so he says). I grew up with it – his experience is through me. It's bonding!

    Rose – only in the summertime and at that, rarely.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Carinne – keep working on that beau, he'll come around to the wine thing eventually! :)

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