I love rosé! I love it so much not only because of the color, but because rose is such an interesting wine style. I found this Greek rosé the other day, GAIA 14-18h Agiorgitiko Rosé 2011, and what first caught my eye was the label. The 14-18h describes how long the grapes were in contact with the skins which is a very interesting and creative way to add information to the bottle about why the wine is that color.
This lovely wine is 100% Agiorgitiko which is a traditional grape in Greece, and really showcases a lot of bright strawberry and watermelon aromas. With 13% alcohol this wine reveals fresh acidity, sea salt and minerality, along with a lot of juicy fruit that is noticed on the nose. This rose is dry, but with an enticing mouth feel that lingered on the palate and finished with bright watermelon and more mineral undertones. I would certainly buy this wine again because of its affordability and it is so much fun to drink!
I paired this rosé with spaghetti squash, Thai basil, red peppers, and grilled shrimp. It went very well together and was a nice light dish that did not over power the wine at all. This wine can certainly pair with so much more, but would be great on it’s own as well. GAIA rosé is fun, easy to drink, and certainly worth a try!