If you’ve ever had red wines from Valpolicella, located in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, then you’ve probably tasted the rodinella grape. Rodinella is one of the key varieties found in Valpolicella blends including acclaimed Amarone wines. Although the grape can produce red wines that have an intense ruby color, it can also be used to make dry rosé. The one below, which has a flavor and color that might surprise you, is compared with a rosé from Sicily.
Tenuta Sant’Antonio 2018, “Scaia” Rosato, Veneto, Italy Bought • Straub’s, 211 West Lockwood Avenue, in August for $14.99
Description • This wine is part of the Scaia line that focuses on regional varietals that are usually found in blends rather than being bottled on their own. Although it’s made from 100 percent rodinella, this rosé is so pale, it looks like a white wine. Zesty and refreshing, it tastes distinctively of grapefruit and other citrus fruits along with subtle strawberry and red fruit flavors. Delicate but very flavorful, the Scaia can be sipped as an aperitif wine or a pair with seafood and light entrees.
Corvo 2018 Rosa,
Terre Siciliane, ItalyBought • Straub’s, 211 West Lockwood Avenue, in August for $10.49
Description • This true pink rosé comes from the value-driven Corvo line of the Sicilian wine group Duca di Salaparuta. Fresh and fruity, it’s made from a blend of native Sicilian grapes, Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. This is an uncomplicated, fun rosé that tastes of strawberries and watermelon with a clean citrusy finish. It also has a low alcohol level of 11 percent. This is a wine that’s perfect for the last warm days before fall. It would go well with seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.