We have great wine starting to come from our wineries here in NB, and today I want to focus my attention on rosé.
Rosé wines are made one of two ways. In traditional rosé winemaking, red wine grapes are harvested and crushed and allowed to ferment with their skins on for a little bit of time. The skin is what gives the wine its colour. The grapes are pressed once the colour is deep enough, and then left to continue fermenting and ageing.
The second method for producing rosé involves taking a red wine and a white wine, in most cases already fermented, and blending the two wines together with a larger proportion of white to red, creating that beautiful pink colour that just screams "summer sipper".
In addition to variations in vinification (winemaking), rosé wines also vary greatly in their sugar content, going from very dry to almost syrupy sweet. Here in NB, we have an additional variety of rosé wines, fruit-based. Strawberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Raspberry, Cranberry - these all produce beautiful rosé wines of varying intensity.
Rosé, thanks to it's versatility and balance of acid, tannins, and usually fruit-forward flavours, is a wonderful pairing for the great Canadian BBQ! The classic strawberry nose of most rosés lend themselves nicely to pairing with a bit of smoke and char. For spicier dishes, choose a sweeter wine, and for lighter vegetable and fish dishes, consider going with something drier so it doesn't overpower your meal.
Here are some great choices (many of which are available at the Superstores in ANBL's wine pilot program):
Mott's Landing - Wild Rosé
Mott's Landing - Cranpagne
Gillis of Belleisle - Honey Rosé (a little bit sweeter)
Magnetic Hill Winery - Mystique
Belliveau Orchard - Sour cherry
Winegarden Estate - Raspberry
This will be the second year that I offer winery tours in the Moncton region. I am so lucky to have the fabulous partners I've found in the Moncton wineries so I wanted to share a little bit of information about them with you!
Magnetic Hill Winery is located right in the City of Moncton in a beautifully renovated farmhouse that now serves as their home, business, and charming B&B with two guest rooms. From the winery, you can look down over the hill and see for miles. It's a beautiful spot to have a picnic (with wine of course) and watch the sun set from their comfortable patio.
Jeff and Janet Everett started their family business with a fruit u-pick. It wasn't long before they realized that instead of selling the fruit, they could process the fruit into a value-added product and Magnetic Hill Winery was born. The winery specializes in fruit wines, but they do have a Marquette wine that has recently been released. We visit Magnetic Hill Winery every Thursday-Saturday on the Westmorland Wine tour.
Winegarden Estate is NB's oldest winery and has been producing wine from Baie Vert, NB since 1991. The Rosswog family founded the business when they emigrated from Germany, and originally conceived it as a distillery. Winegarden still produces a huge selection of fine spirits, but the bulk of their production and sales is in wine.
In addition to estate-grown wines, Winegarden also imports juice to create their own Rieslings, Cabernets and other styles of wine. This winery thrives on experimentation and is continually trying to improve on their winemaking and distilling practices. They also know how to throw a party and will be hosting the 16th annual Winegarden wine fair on Sunday, August 9th.
Belliveau Orchard is well know for the apples they produce at Grand Pré. Located just outside Memramcook, they have one of the largest orchards in the province and a farm market on site selling produce from other producers nearby. Belliveau Orchard is a great spot to take the family on a summer or fall day, with lots of activities to entertain the kids, and delicious wines to please the parents.
Belliveau Orchard produces three wines available at ANBL stores across the province as well as "Scow", a hard cider named after the flat-bottomed, hard-working boats that used to traverse the Petitcodiac River. Belliveau Orchard easily fuses the traditional with state-of-the-art at their operation. Their pear wine (Poire) is definitely one of my favs!
Waterside Winery is a brand new partner for us this year. With the addition of the Fundy Wine and Art tour on Wednesdays and Sundays, we now have the opportunity to visit this great fruit winery located in Waterside, very near Alma (Fundy Park). Linda and Ed have been making fruit wines for many years, and one of my favourites is their rhubarb sparkling wine sold in 355mL bottles.
I'm so excited to show this place off. It is a small winery with great character located right on the water. Waterside Winery is a great addition to the tours this summer and a long-time partner in the winemaking industry.
Moncton Winery Tour Schedule:
At Uncorked Tours we're all about sharing the fabulous wine, beer and spirits being produced in the Province of New Brunswick.
It is my pleasure to share with you the great food and drink being produced here in NB, as well as the awesome experiences you can have while living here or visiting the province.
May you always have good wine in your glass and friends to share it with.