Father’s Day Gift Guide 2024: The Best Rosé Wines For Dad

By Jeanette Hurt

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Garrus is considered the finest wine offered by this Côte de Provence producer. Another great choice would be the quite popular Rock Angel.

Château D’Escans Garrus, $125


Considered to be this château’s finest wine, Garrus is made from grapes from a single vineyard, with nearly 100-year-old vines. This powerful wine boasts concentrated aromas and flavors of dried citrus, with glazed pear and pineapple on the mid palate, and a creamy finish with rich, spicy notes. Reminiscent of a vintage champagne without the bubbles, this is a grand wine

33 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts For Your Wife, From Jewelry To Pajamas

By Samantha Simon

What does your wife really want for Mother’s Day? It’s a loaded question—and outside of breakfast in bed and cute homemade gifts from the kids, it can be tricky to find a present that says “I love you” and also shows just how much you appreciate her for being the best mom out there. But have no fear: The best Mother’s Day gift for your wife does exist. And lucky for you, we’ve found a bunch of stellar options.

A Happy Hour-Ready Bottle Of Rosé

Whispering Angel Rosé

While it’s true that a mom’s work is never done, what better time for her to sit back and relax with some vino than Mother’s Day? Toast your wife with a glass of Whispering Angel’s crisp rosé, then let her leisurely enjoy another while you put the kids to bed. Cheers to her (and motherhood)!

The Best Wine Pairing For Juicy Lamb Chops

By Autums Swiers

Nailing the wine pairing can be all it takes to elevate your dining experience — and few dinners are as inherently elevated to begin with as Frenched, pan-seared lamb chops. Lamb’s tasting profile can fall somewhere between game meat and beef: tender, high-fat, and mineral-dense. But, the proverbial “cream of the crop” is the lamb chop, the best and most tender cut from the top part of the back attached to the ribs, aka “the rack of lamb.” These chops have “chops” of their own, boasting the mild-yet-rich flavor that gives steakhouses in Midtown Manhattan the agency to charge $80 a plate. Luckily, for the rest of us, lamb chops aren’t too tough for discerning-palated foodies to make well at home, and we have a few tips to help with that.

Thanks to lamb chops’ delicate flavor and texture, a softer wine can make a good fit for completing the meal, but it must retain a powerful body. A good wine should be able to stand up to the richness of the lamb without competing with it. With all of these factors in mind, my top two wine picks for pairing with lamb chops are both French: mature Bordeaux and Grenache-based Provence Rosé. As a career bartender, my secret hope is that the gastronomic glamor of the lamb-chop-rosé pairing is enough to deflate elitist rosé haters once and for all … or something like that. Shooting for the stars here, but no less passionate.

When you think of lamb chops, red wine probably seems like the natural pairing, but a chilled rosé can be just as delicious and impressive. Don’t get it twisted — rosés are often confused with blush wines, which are always sweet; rosé and blush wine are not the same thing.

Rosé can be brighter and more refreshing than many white wines, with perhaps the exception of sweeter varieties like riesling. However, this sweetness is not always welcome when pairing wine and food, and it would be less-than-remarkable alongside a lamb chop dinner. Rosé is the best fit for the job because it retains that refreshing brightness and delicate effervescence that prevent the entree from sitting too heavily while also retaining a dry, pungent flavor profile (not to mention that the pink hue of the wine would look aesthetically stunning beside a platter or perfectly pink lamb chops).

Opt for a Grenache-based Provence Rosé, like dry, smooth Chateau d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel (about $26)… To finish the dinner, pair your lamb chops and rosé wine with subtler, brighter sides like creamy polenta, mashed celery root, pesto-inspired mint chimichurri, Niçoise salad, assorted capers and green olives, or a spread of soft cheeses.

Pairing tips for rosé wines


Exploring wine pairing can completely transform the dining experience, elevating both the dish and the drink chosen.

When it comes to rosé wine , versatility is its trademark, capable of accompanying a wide range of dishes and occasions.

Rosé wine stands out for its lightness and freshness, characteristics that make it perfect for pairing with foods with a delicate to moderately intense flavor.

Tips for Pairing Rosé Wine

Ideal Dishes for Rosé Win

Rosé wines are known for their ability to pair with a variety of dishes. From light salads and seafood dishes to white meats and mild cheeses, the pairing can be surprisingly broad. A key aspect for successful pairing is considering the aromatic profile and structure of the chosen rosé wine.

For example, a rosé from Provence, famous for its subtlety and floral notes, pairs wonderfully with fresh salads or lightly seasoned fish dishes. A fuller-bodied rosé, perhaps from the Tavel region in France, can support dishes with more intense flavors, such as grilled white meats or Mediterranean dishes.

Cheeses and Rosé Wine: A Versatile Combination

The choice of cheese to accompany your rosé wine can vary widely depending on the strength and style of the wine. Fresh, soft cheeses, such as Brie or Camembert, complement the lightness and freshness of more subtle rosés. On the other hand, cheeses with more striking flavors, such as feta or even chèvre, can enhance the attributes of a more robust rosé.

It is important to note that the serving temperature of the wine also influences the pairing experience. A rosé wine served slightly chilled, around 8-10°C, will best reveal its qualities, providing a refreshing contrast to the richness of creamy cheeses or the saltiness of marine appetizers.

Considering these aspects, pairing rosé wines is not limited to rigid rules, but rather to experimentation and balance between the flavors of the dish and the wine. Whether for an elegant dinner or a casual picnic, rosé wine offers endless pairing possibilities, capable of pleasing different palates.

Glass of rosé wine and cheese (Image: IA)


FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What does rosé wine taste like?


The flavor of rosé wine is remarkably diverse, varying significantly depending on the grape used, the terroir and the production method. In general, rosé wines are characterized by their lightness and freshness, with a delicate balance between acidity and sweetness. Many have fruity and floral notes, including aromas of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and roses, with mineral touches in some examples. This combination of flavors makes rosé wine extremely versatile, suitable for both casual and more formal occasions.

When tasting a rosé wine, it is possible to perceive a complexity that defies the notion that it is a less sophisticated option compared to reds and whites. Its flavor palette, which can range from citrus notes to herbaceous touches, reflects the diversity of winemaking techniques and choices made by the winemaker, providing a unique and pleasant sensorial experience.


What is the difference between red and rosé wine?


The main difference between red wine and rosé lies in the production method, especially the contact time between the grape juice and the skins. Red wines are produced by allowing a longer maceration period, which extracts more tannins, color and flavors from the grape skins. This results in fuller-bodied wines, with greater complexity of flavors and aging potential. Rosé wines are made by limiting this contact, resulting in a lighter color, less tannins and lighter, fruitier flavors, reflecting the essence of freshness.

Another important difference is the versatility in gastronomic pairing. While reds generally pair best with red meat and more robust dishes, rosés have the ability to pair with a wider variety of foods, from light starters to white meats and seafood, thanks to their lightness and balanced aromatic profile.


When do you drink rosé wine?


Rosé wine is exceptionally versatile, suitable for a variety of occasions, from a relaxing outdoor picnic to an elegant dinner party. Its lightness and freshness make it the perfect choice for hot summer days, but its complexity and variety also allow it to be enjoyed all year round. Rosé is ideal for social events, such as parties and receptions, as it tends to be a “democratic” wine, pleasing a wide range of palates.

Furthermore, it is an excellent option for aperitifs or to accompany light meals, such as salads, seafood dishes and mild cheeses. The flexibility of rosé wine, capable of pairing with a variety of dishes, makes it a smart choice for any occasion that requires a sophisticated and accessible drink.


What are the best rosé wines?


The “best” rosé wines depend on personal taste, but some examples stand out on the international scene for their quality and representation. Rosé wines from Provence, France, are widely recognized for their excellence, exhibiting balance, freshness and aromatic subtlety. Brands such as Château d’Esclans (Whispering Angel) is (among) the most prestigious.

In addition to France, regions such as Spain, Italy and the United States also produce high-quality rosés. In Spain, rosés from Navarra offer excellent value for money, while in Italy, rosés from Tuscany and Sicily enchant with their personality. In the United States, the highlight is California rosés, which combine innovation and tradition. Choosing the best rosé wine should consider the desired flavor profile and the occasion, encouraging experimentation and personal discovery.

Summary

Variety of Flavors : Rosé wine has fruity and floral notes, such as strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and roses

Versatile Pairing : Ideal for light dishes, seafood, white meats and cheeses.

Key Differences : Less skin contact time differentiates rosé from reds, resulting in fewer tannins and lighter flavors.

Consumption Occasions : Perfect for any occasion, from casual picnics to elegant dinners.

Recommendations : Wines from Provence, Château d’Esclans stand out for its quality.

rosé range chateau d'esclans

Exploring the World Through Different Types of Wine


Imagine yourself journeying through the lush vineyards of Bordeaux or feeling the cool breeze from the slopes of Tuscany. Pretty enchanting, right? Now, that’s the world of wine for you, with every bottle opening up a panorama of cultural history and tradition. When it comes to different types of wine, it’s not just about sipping and savoring; it’s a globetrotting adventure—you just need to know where to start! So, buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the fundamental wine types that shape our feasts and fetes, from classic reds to sprightly sparklers.


Rosé All Day: Understanding This Wine Types’ Versatility


Ah, rosé, the life of the party—in shades from pale to punk-rock pink, there’s a style to match any vibe. Here’s the lowdown on the blush that’s made a splash across the world.


• Provence Rosé: Picture yourself on a yacht cruising the French Riviera—this is what you’d be sipping. Château d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel invites you to sip in style, with its dry, sophisticated charm.

Date-Worthy Restaurants at City of Dreams Manila Offer Captivating Valentine Menus

Romance is in the air at City of Dreams Manila as its signature restaurants, café, and entertainment bar seduce with tempting specialties this season of love.

Crystal Dragon

City of Dreams Manila’s restaurant specializing in Cantonese and Chinese regional specialties entices couples to explore the date-worthy set menu for two priced at P4,500++ per person available on February 13 and 14 for lunch and dinner. The sublime appetizer is a trio of Foie Gras with Supreme Soy on Crispy Bean Curd Skin, Five-spice Pork Belly with Radish Pickles, and Deep-fried Sea Scallop in Mango Pomelo Salsa; followed by Braised Sea Treasures in Golden Sour Soup; Crispy Five-spice Marinated Pigeon with Spiced Salt and Worcestershire, and Crispy Egg Noodle with King Tiger Prawn in Rich Aromatic Prawn Broth. The Slow-Poached Chinese Pear with Snow Fungus in Umeshu Sweet Soup and Whisky Chocolate Brownie Snow Skin comes as a fitting dessert.

To add romance to the meal, a complimentary glass of France Chateau d’ Esclans Rosé sets the mood.

Mother’s Day ideas – from cocktails to lovely wines

By Gerard Richardson Drinks writer

Having skipped over the annual torture known as Valentine’s Day, there’s one celebration that no one can ignore, Mother’s Day?
My advice is simple; look at what she normally drinks and enhance it, so if she normally drinks Baileys, try one of the multitude of cream liqueurs out there desperate to be discovered by new clients.
If cocktails float mum’s boat then how about trying one of the cracking range from worldofzing.com which produce a superb range and present them in very attractive paper bottles… yes, paper bottles. They have a growing range of ready to garnish cocktails that no discerning dinner party should be without.
How about showing your love with a rose wine? Theres a growing range but for me the finest are still from the Provence and the gorgeous Whispering Angel remains the market leader in the premium range…

Hakkasan Hanway Place partners with Château d’Esclans for Lost in Shanghai brunch series

Hakkasan Hanway Place, in partnership with the Caves d’Esclans, famous for its Rock Angel Rosé, is about to introduce a bespoke brunch offer with its new Lost in Shanghai series. Launching on Saturday, 9th March, the experience will be available only on four select dates and promises a gastronomic immersion into the elegant and vibrant atmosphere of Shanghai. Guests can look forward to a rich set menu filled with theatrics, including dim sum served amidst dry ice, the well-known Crispy Duck Salad, and Stir Fry Black Pepper Rib Eye with Merlot, complemented by signature cocktails and the Rock Angel Rosé. Adding to the charm of the cuisine, there will be live theatrical performances and a lineup of guest DJs, all set against Hakkasan’s iconic interiors.

The Lost in Shanghai brunch at Hakkasan Hanway Place is set to offer not simply a meal but a full sensory journey, inspired by the busy metropolis of Shanghai, where tradition meets modernity. Kicking off the with a signature martini cocktail, diners will delve into an opulent menu featuring Lobster Pearl Dim Sum and XO Scallop King Crab and Prawn Shui Mai, all presented with dry ice. The main courses keep up with the standard so set, with offerings such as Stir Fry Black Pepper Rib Eye with Merlot, to finish with a visually impactful platter of miniature desserts, again entailing dry-ice theatrics.

Rock Angel Rosé, from the Provence winery Caves d’Esclans, known for its flagship Whispering Angel, provides the perfect pairing to the Cantonese cuisine with its complex, structured profile and Sancerre-like minerality. This collaboration highlights the rosé’s versatility and its ability to complement the sweet and savoury flavours of Hakkasan’s modern Cantonese dishes.

The brunch is priced at £128 per person, which includes a signature martini cocktail upon arrival and three courses accompanied by a bottle of Rock Angel per person. For those seeking to elevate their experience further, an upgrade option includes the iconic Hakkasan Peking Duck, with caviar additions available starting from £190.

Lost in Shanghai brunch series celebrates Hakkasan’s innovative spirit and its commitment to provide unique dining experiences for its guests. With only four dates available – 9th and 30th March, 27th April and 25th May – reservations are essential. 

Curating the best wine in the Philippines for our community of wine lovers

WHISPERING ANGEL ROSÉ:
PROVENCE’S ELEGANCE IN EVERY SIP

CRAFTSMANSHIP AND INNOVATION: THE ART OF WINEMAKING AT CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS


At the heart of Whispering Angel’s allure lies the meticulous winemaking process, a symphony of craftsmanship and innovation orchestrated by the skilled hands at Château d’Esclans. From vine to bottle, every step is carefully choreographed to preserve the essence of Provence and capture the delicate flavors that define this iconic rosé.


HARVESTING: A LABOR OF LOVE
The journey of Whispering Angel begins with the annual grape harvest, a labor of love that unfolds amidst the sun-drenched vineyards of Provence. Each September, from sunrise to noon, skilled vineyard workers carefully select and pick the ripest grapes, ensuring that only the finest fruit makes its way into the cellar. The harvest is conducted with precision, with grapes hand-picked and placed in small crates to avoid damage during transport.


SORTING
Upon arrival at the cellars, the grapes undergo a rigorous sorting process to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used in the winemaking process. Manual sorting by experienced hands is followed by optical eye sorting, where grapes are meticulously inspected for health and quality. Only those grapes that meet the exacting standards of the winemaker are selected for vinification, a testament to Château d’Esclans’ commitment to excellence.


COOLING AND PRESSING
Once sorted, the grapes are gently crushed to release their precious juice, which is then cooled to lock in its freshness and vibrancy. Temperature reduction is key to preserving the grapes’ delicate flavors, with the juice reaching temperatures as low as 7-8 degrees Celsius. This process ensures that Whispering Angel maintains its signature crispness and vitality, even as it undergoes fermentation.


FERMENTATION
Fermentation is where the magic of winemaking truly begins. The juice, now transformed into wine, is placed in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to undergo fermentation. Here, yeast converts the grapes’ sugars into alcohol, while the wine develops its characteristic aromas and flavors. Throughout the fermentation process, careful monitoring and precise temperature control ensure that the wine retains its purity and elegance.

AGING AND BLENDING: THE ART OF ASSEMBLAGE
After fermentation, the wine is aged to further develop its complexity and depth of flavor. Some batches may undergo barrel fermentation, where they are aged in oak barrels to impart subtle nuances of spice and texture. This methods pertains to the production of a portion of Rock Angel and Château d’Esclans while the two top end wines, Les Clans and Garrus are completely fermented and aged in oak barrels.
Others may remain in stainless steel tanks to preserve their crispness and freshness. The final step is blending, where different batches of wine are carefully combined to achieve the desired flavor profile. The art of assemblage is a delicate balancing act, where each component plays a vital role in creating the harmonious whole that is Whispering Angel.

BOTTLING AND AGING
Once blended, the wine is bottled and allowed to age, a process that allows its flavors to marry and evolve over time. While Whispering Angel is renowned for its youthful vibrancy, a period of aging adds complexity and depth to the wine, ensuring that it reaches its full potential upon release.

QUALITY CONTROL
Throughout the winemaking process, rigorous quality control measures are in place to ensure that every bottle of Whispering Angel meets the highest standards of excellence. From vineyard to cellar, each step is carefully monitored and guided by the experienced hands of the winemaking team. This unwavering commitment to quality is what sets Whispering Angel apart, ensuring that every sip is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Château d’Esclans.
It is this dedication to quality that has made Whispering Angel a beloved favorite among wine enthusiasts worldwide, a wine that whispers of elegance and charm with every sip.

CULTURAL IMPACT: A GLOBAL PHENOMENON

Whispering Angel’s rise to prominence is a testament to its universal appeal. From chic rooftop bars in Makati and BGC to sun-drenched beaches in Palawan, Siargao, or Boracay, this iconic rosé has captivated wine lovers around the nation and around the globe. Its pale pink hue has become synonymous with sophistication, while its refreshing taste has made it the go-to choice for countless celebrations and gatherings.
But Whispering Angel is more than just a wine; it is a cultural phenomenon. It has inspired a lifestyle centered
around leisure, elegance, and conviviality, where every moment is an opportunity to savor life’s simple
pleasures. Whether enjoyed with a casual meal or as an aperitif among friends, Whispering Angel embodies the
spirit of enjoying life.

SAVORING THE TASTE OF WHISPERING ANGEL ROSÉ


Whispering Angel rosé tantalizes the palate with its exquisite flavor profile, offering a delightful balance of fruitiness, freshness, and elegance. Pouring a beautifully pale pink hue, it releases inviting aromas of fresh red berries, hints of peaches, and subtle floral notes. On the palate, Whispering Angel reveals ripe red berry fruitiness with a smooth and fleshy texture, culminating in a satisfying, smooth finish devoid of harsh astringency. Its versatility extends to pairing possibilities, making it an ideal match for light, summery dishes like seafood salads, grilled shrimp, or fresh sushi, as well as heartier Mediterranean fare such as herb-roasted chicken or grilled vegetables with olive oil. Whether enjoyed with friends at a casual gathering or as part of an intimate date night, Whispering Angel elevates every dining experience with its undeniable charm and elegance, offering a taste of Provence that beckons to be savored and celebrated.
In every bottle of Whispering Angel, one discovers not just a wine, but a story waiting to be told. It is a testament to the beauty of Provence’s terroir, the artistry of winemaking, and the enduring appeal of a timeless classic inviting us to savor the elegance and sophistication of a truly exceptional wine.