Despite the inches and inches of snow on the ground and the below freezing temperatures, Spring is right around the corner. Believe it or not, March 20 is the first day of Spring and in our books, that means it’s the beginning of Rosé season. 

To celebrate the start of this season, we have two amazing Rosé wines at ZINC New Haven. They are MUST tries. Seriously, these are some delicious wines that you don’t want to pass up!

The Withers 2016 Rosé

Andrew Tow, the owner of The Withers, is a Connecticut native and long time friend of ZINC New Haven. Three years ago, we hosted a wine dinner with his wines and it was then, that we were introduced us to his 2014 Rosé, which was one of his first vintages. Once that light pink liquid hit our lips, we were in love; creamy and smooth with notes of strawberry and the perfect acidity. Fast forward to now; we found out that he just released his 2016 vintage and became very excited. Michael Egan, our sommelier, quickly ordered multiple cases and made a decision to not only offer this by the bottle, but by the glass as well! 

“Winemaker Tasting Notes: Our 2016 Rosé is a dead ringer for a classic Bandol, highlighted by the color, flavors, and aromas of apricot, cherry, watermelon rind, nectarine, and peach. The wine is buttressed by strong balancing acidity, with excellent tension and lift over its medium bodied, layered and textured frame. Balanced and elegant, it is best served at cellar temperature and can be paired with oysters, shellfish, seafood, pasta, and fowl. It will be enjoyable immediately on release but should improve in bottle for 3-5 years.” The Withers Winery

Currently, we are offering The Withers by the glass and by the bottle, but we highly recommend just ordering a bottle. After one glass, you’ll want another, so why not share a bottle at the table.

Aix Rosé

The other Rosé that we now have in-house is AIX. This wine comes from a 130-year-old winery located in Southern France, an hour north of Aix en Provence. This winery sits on 200 acres, 1,300 feet above sea level, in an area that sees 300 days of sunlight a year. Maison St. Aix has the perfect conditions for growing Cinsault, Syrah, and Counoise, the varietals for a perfect Rosé from Provence. Each year the winery improves their wine making process; like replanting hectares of Grenache and Syrah vines and adding new temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and pneumatic presses so they can continuously control the quality of Aix Rosé 

Aix Rosé has a tremendously vibrant and summery taste, the ultimate expression of Provence. Bright, pale-pink color and a nice balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

With both bottles on our wine list, plan a fun night out and order each and have a taste test of your own. Two new menu items that would pair wonderfully with these wines are the Arctic Char or the Salmon Gravlax Poke.