The 2013 Iowa St. Croix Rosé is a dry rosé with strawberry, raspberry, peach, and nectarine notes and a slightly drying finish. It is made entirely from St. Croix grapes grown in our Mahaska County, Iowa vineyards. The 2013 Iowa St. Croix Rosé will complement Asian Stir-fry, Mexican dishes, and other spicy foods. It is best when served slightly chilled. We’ve received numerous compliments on this new wine. It is soft on the palate at first but offers really nice flavors quickly.

So how is a rosé different from a white or red wine? The main difference is the amount of body and weight the wine has. Whites are generally the lightest in body whereas reds are usually heavier. When we talk about body, we are talking about how strong the flavors are. This is a “rule of thumb” and there are exceptions but generally, whites, rosés, and reds are respectively light, medium, and heavy in body and flavor. This is the reason that rosés are so versatile. They sit in the middle between lighter and heavier wines.

We entered the 2013 Iowa St. Croix Rosé in the recent new Rosé Competition which was held at Simi Winery in Healdsburg, California. The fact that there is now a rosé competition at all is a reflection of the interest that rosés are generating in California and other wine markets. We were delighted to win a silver medal against a large number of entries from some big name wineries. You don’t have to drink California in order to enjoy good wine!

2013 Iowa St. Croix Rosé is priced at $14.00 per bottle, plus tax.