Some people celebrate the warmer weather by having drinks on a patio, others by getting away to a cottage - I celebrate by cracking my favourite summertime pink drink – rosé. This year the honour of ‘first rosé of the season’ belongs to Tawse Sketches Rosé.
The Wine: Tawse Sketches Rosé*
The Price: $17.35
The Grape: Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot
The Region: Beamsville, ON
I love summer in Ontario - farmers markets, cottages – we know how to spend quality time in the great outdoors. One of my favourite farmers markets is Brickworks Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday and Sunday at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto.
Brickworks hosts various vintners who sell wine from their local wineries, and it's a great way to try some Ontario wine and talk to the knowledgable wine staff from these wineries.
I've always loved Tawse Winery, located in Beamsville, and was delighted to find them at the farmers market last week. I sampled their delicious sparkling Riesling, aptly named Spark, but I went home with a bottle of their rosé – perfect for my first cottage weekend.
Tawse Sketches Rosé smells like watermelon and cranberry on the nose. It's a luscious pink colour, perfect against those bright cottage skies.
There's a hint of rhubarb on the palette - a welcome tartness to balance out the juiciness of this wine. I taste orangey citrus, notes of mandarins and clementines. I love the contrast between the sweetness of strawberries that I taste, with the tartness of the rhubarb and cranberry flavours. The citrus flavours round everything out, making this a deliciously well-balanced rosé.
This rosé is light in body, but not lacking in flavour – which makes it perfect for afternoon cottage drinking. I could drink a few bottles of this while dipping my toes in the water, soaking up the sun.
Now that the weather is (finally) warming up, you'll know where to find me – lounging on a dock at the cottage, a glass of Tawse Sketches Rosé in hand.
*Please note that what is in stock at the LCBO is Tawse Sketches Rosé 2016, not the 2015 vintage which is reviewed above.