Recanati Gris de Marselan 2018
As Passover approaches, we know that many of our friends who observe will keep kosher for the week, even if they do not keep this tradition throughout the year. While our wine of the week, Recanati Gris de Marselan 2018 is kosher and is perfect for Passover, it is also a very nice rosé that all wine lovers will enjoy regardless of dietary restrictions or religious holidays. It comes in a distinctive amphora-shaped bottle that looks terrific on the table.
French for “grey,” gris is often used to describe a style of rosé that is light in color and body due to the short amount of time that the wine remains in contact with the grape skins. This light-hued rosé is made with Marselan, a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Marselan was first developed in France in 1961, and it is grown in southern France, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, and China in addition to Israel, where it has found great success.
Recanati Gris de Marselan 2018, from Galilee in northern Israel, is soft blush in color, with aromas of peach and rose petal. It is smooth on the palate, with flavors of pink grapefruit and lemon and a gentle floral finish. It is ideal as an aperitif on its own or with soft cheeses. It pairs well with herb-roasted chicken, which makes it a good choice for Passover. It is also a nice match with spicy Thai food.