kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


A new rose from one of my favorite producers...

I received a press release the other day from one of my favorite wineries, Washington's Chateau St. Michelle, that they are now have a new offering--a dry rose. The spring and summer months are the perfect time to enjoy this style of wine, which has the best of both worlds--the acidity of a crisp white, and the red berries and some of the weight of a red. It's just great to enjoy on the deck with a simple grilled dinner, or to take on a picnic.

The wine has started to ship to MD, but is not yet available in DC or VA. However, a rep for CSM told me that it should start popping up in stores where other CSM Columbia Valley wines are sold. I can't wait... In the meantime, here is some info from the press release to tempt your taste buds:

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“Our Nellie’s Garden Dry Rose was a big hit when we offered it exclusively to our Vintage Reserve Club members last year and the Dry Rose category is experiencing tremendous growth right now,” says Jan Barnes, marketing director for Chateau Ste. Michelle.

The name, Nellie’s Garden, honors Nellie Stimson whose passion for gardening created the beautiful estate gardens at the Chateau in Woodinville. The wine is a unique collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle’s red winemaking team at Canoe Ridge Estate in eastern Washington and the white winemaking team at its Woodinville Chateau, located outside of Seattle.

“The winemaking staff is proud of this wine because it is a total team effort,” says Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau. “We receive the Syrah fruit at our Canoe Ridge Estate red wine facility where Joshua Maloney, our red winemaker, gives it just enough skin contact for the perfect color. Then we drain the juice off the skins and turn it over to our Woodinville white wine cellar, where we cold ferment most of the juice like a white to keep all those fresh fruit and floral aromas. The wine shows beautiful fruit aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, raspberry with subtle spice notes. It’s ideal for spring and summer barbecues. I like to call it the perfect “deck wine.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle executive chef Janet Hedstrom enjoys the food-friendly nature of new Dry Rose. “Some of our favorite dishes to pair with the Dry Rose include an apple fennel slaw with a Dijon dressing, pork tenderloin with cherry relish, and butternut squash and bacon pizza,” says Hedstrom. “Picnic foods are great with this wine as well, such as Dijon and thyme roasted chicken, and pasta salad and potato salad, as long as they have some acidity to them.” (Chef Hedstrom’s recipes available upon request)