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Wines From Spain

July 25, 2011 20:00 ET

Rose Wines Are in Full Bloom for Summer

Fresh, Food-Friendly Spanish Wines for Any Summertime Occasion

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2011) - With summertime well underway, Wines from Spain has several recommendations to help celebrate the season of picnics, barbecues and poolside parties. This is the time of year for departures from the ordinary, so skip the reds and whites on the wine list and consider a refreshing and versatile Spanish rosé.

"From sparkling Cava to vivid Garnacha, Spanish rosé wines can be an elegant selection for a summer wedding toast or a fun accompaniment to a casual patio gathering with friends," said Katrin Naelapaa, executive director of Wines from Spain. "Characterized by crisp acidity, rosés pair well with a variety of foods, particularly the fresh salads, fruits and pasta dishes that abound this time of year."

With their strawberry-like hues, rosés simply look like summertime in a glass. Not all rosés are the same, however, and Wines from Spain has some pointers on deciphering this wine style in addition to specific recommendations for wines that should be readily available around the U.S.

Spanish Cava Rosé
Spanish Cava is a sparkling wine produced in the same classic method as French Champagne, and Cava Rosé is the official pink sparkling wine of Spain. Like Champagne, Spanish Cava Rosé is produced in varying levels of dryness: brut nature, brut (extra dry), seco (dry), semiseco (medium) and dulce (sweet). With its moderate alcohol content and crisp acidity, Cava Rosé is exceedingly food-friendly and has grown steadily in popularity.

Spanish Garnacha Rosé
Garnacha -- known as Grenache throughout the world -- is the third most planted grape in Spain and is concentrated in the north central region of the country. Garnacha Rosés have bright strawberry aromas with fresh cherry and currant flavors, as well as traces of citrus and strawberry. Their crisp acidity is followed by a soft round finish.

About Wines from Spain
Wines from Spain is a promotional division of the Trade Commission of Spain based in New York. For more than 25 years, Wines from Spain has been committed to increasing the awareness of Spanish wines throughout the United States through education, informational materials, special events and promotions. For further information on specific wine regions and producers, please contact: Wines from Spain, Trade Commission of Spain, 405 Lexington Avenue, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10174-0331 or visit www.WinesfromSpainUSA.com.

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