When it comes to the world we live in, it can absolutely feel overwhelming these days. There is much needed change happening, breaking news around the clock, many of us are exhausted after months of coping with COVID, and so much more. Lately I have been finding a lot of solace in the simple things in my life. You might even say I’ve been wearing my Rosé Coloured Glasses to help the world seem a bit more beautiful….
Now that is a terrible pun, but the it’s the thought that counts. I genuinely believe that perspective can change a bad situation into a teachable moment. Instead of seeing it as being stuck at home, I look at it as an opportunity to create memorable moments with my husband and dog.
Many of those moments of course can be better enjoyed with delicious food and the perfect bottle of wine.
I’m a bit of a rebel for wine purists that believe certain wines belong in certain seasons. I love sparkling wine at every meal, and Rosé wine all year long. So to help put my Rosé glasses on for the autumn, I decided I would share some of my absolute favourites available for you to enjoy as well.
Starting off my list strongly, it only seems fitting to feature Rosé from the first winery I ever visited for the blog all those years ago – click here for a #WayBackPlayBack. LOLA Sparkling Blush Rosé VQA from Pelee Island Winery is, and has since that trip, been a must in my home. Pair it with hearty soups and apple crisps this season for one of the most immaculate matching of flavours.
Of course many of you followed along with Julio, Bill, Justin & I this summer when we did a tour of Niagara Falls and everything the region had to offer. A reminder of why I love local wines – here are a few more bottles you need to keep stocked this fall.
These three wineries all have emotional meaning and have been a part of special occasions in my life – birthdays, anniversaries, and romantic date nights. But something about them is also so approachable that I can easily grab a bottle from the fridge this fall.
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery‘s CHARMAT ROSÉ is my any time, any day bottle of wine. Pair it with charcuterie and cheese, or a slow cooked roast for a glass of wine that will certainly leave a smile on your face.
Trius Winery & Restaurant‘s Trius Rosé 2019 is – by no surprise – a wine I buy by the case. It reminds me of summer, but also goes really well with roasted root vegetables and thanksgiving fixings. I dare you to not agree with me. ?
For those of you missing travel as much as I am, there are of course beautiful bottles of wine from around the world at your local LCBO, SAQ and liquor store in your respective province and territory.
Vins de Provence – with over 2600 years of experience of wine making, are a beautiful way to transport yourself to France. French wines of course have their own unique style and flavours. Many of the Rosé you’ll find from the region are more dry, have more acidity and will pair beautifully with hearty flavours of the autumn months. I’ve never made a ratatouille but I am inspired to try that pairing in the coming weeks – stay tuned!
If you’re more inclined to continue your wine travels from the safety of home while we all do our part, Wines from Germany are a great option as well! Many people think of wines from Germany and assume they are only sweet white wines – but did you know that there are award winning Rosés available as well. Pair them with heart German stews and dishes like Rouladen (my absolute favourite dish that my Mom and Grandmother tought me to make) and you’ll be in heaven. I’d go so far as to say it’s the Rosé to pair with homemade pizza too – it’s just that versatile!
Speaking of pairings, I should note that for those of you needing a bit of inspiration, both the Wine Country Ontario and LCBO are creating content that has left me inspired and thinking about meals with friends and Thanksgiving zoom call ideas. Take a look below and follow both #PairItForward & #EmbraceTheTasteOfHome hashtags
Wine is a beautiful way to enjoy both simple and special moments in Canada. I encourage you to explore the Rosés above and let me know what you think.
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Don’t forget to be kind & laugh a little more this year
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