I am happily reporting on a couple of Rose’ wines, and where we enjoyed them.
An Old World Rose’, and a New World Rose’, very different, both very delicious…
Wine with me….
Starting with the French one (but of course)
The Gerard Bertrand, Gris Blanc Rose 2014, from Languedoc, south France.
This Rose’ is a beautiful, very pale pink color, almost white. In fact, “Gris Blanc”, means grey white in French. Ethereally appealing , this wine also shows a tinge of barely there, orange pink.
The bouquet is of red berries, which I tasted, along with peach and a hint of spice. Very elegant, very dry, very fresh…and a quote from the winemaker – “Grenache is the king of grape varieties when it comes to making light, racy Rose’s in contemporary style “. In my opinion a perfect description of this lovely wine.
Delicious enough on its own, but we were lucky enough to be dining at Capishe?, one of South Maui’s premier restaurants.
As the sun was slowly dipping into the Pacific, we were sipping this Rose’ wine accompanied by appetizers of Hamachi sashimi and Quail Saltimbocca.
The Hamachi, (Japanese name for Pacific yellowtail) was simply exquisite,
and the roasted quail was outstanding , prepared with apple smoked bacon, sage and pine nut brown butter.
Appetizing and delicious were these pairings, very delectable….very romantic…
We switched to a Red for our main courses, which I’ll save for a Malbec blog. I’m not trying to tease you, this IS about Rose’s…
Capishe?, with its Italian flair and fresh Hawaii ingredients, did not disappoint …a VERY special place.
The next spot to showcase my Rose’ fetish, is JAPENGO , on Maui’s West side, in Ka’anapali,
and the New World Rose’…
Hogwash Rose’ 2014,of Beckstoffer Vineyards from Napa Valley, California .
With a name like that you might hesitate to try it , but I hope you don’t !
Also a Grenache, it’s a vibrant coral pink color. It was very fruity on the nose, and on the palate I tasted strawberry, watermelon, and cherry, with a slight hint of orange and rose petal. There was a lot going on but I loved it!!
Bone dry, crisp, and brisk, it was a party in my mouth, and the food at JAPENGO was divine!! We had another hamachi appetizer there, and this may be one of the most insanely delicious things I’ve ever eaten.
Also sashimi style it was served with thin slices of watermelon, fresh and so crazy good with this Rose’, we ordered three servings.
Our main courses were fabulous as well. We shared, (as always), an order of steamed Manila clams in a simple butter and herb broth, served with warm flatbread, and a grilled ahi tuna steak with hibachi glaze, Hamakua mushrooms, fried rice, and wasabi butter. Washed down with this festive Rose’, while enjoying another beautiful setting and spectacular sunset on the water, I call it paradise !!
I’m not even a little ashamed to admit we had the guava cheesecake (we shared a piece), and it was heavenly with the wine, AND coffee for the long forty minute ride home…
I must mention both “Capishe?” and JAPENGO, ( and many other restaurants here), use as many locally grown products as possible, along with other fresh Pacific rim items, which benefits all of us, and keeps a uniquely Hawaiian ambiance and exotic flavors to enjoy…
Hopefully your appetite is whetted and you’ll get a chance to try one or both of these, very different, very yummy restaurants and Rose’s.
Aloha and Cheers !!
Billy and Sherry