Summer is always synonymous with having fun and socialising. And after so many months in lockdown, why not choose a nice bottle of wine (or two!) to celebrate a perfect get-together with friends and family?
Rosé wine is quite easily one of the most refreshing beverages to enjoy in the summer. Served chilled, it is ideal to accompany a light meal of fish or seafood, a summer salad, or simply as an aperitif.
At Baptista family supermarket in Praia da Luz, you may just find the perfect rosé to celebrate any occasion!
The wine aisle has a wide selection of wines, champagnes, craft beers and ciders, liqueurs and whiskeys.
At Baptista, there are wines to satisfy every palate and suit any occasion. You will find Portuguese wines from all regions, as well as a good selection of international wines, including from France, Italy and as far and wide as New Zealand and Australia.
Resident specialist and wine consultant Luís Silva, who has worked at Baptista for around 30 years, recommends some rosé wines for the hot season.
Ideal for when thermometers start rising, rosé wine is refreshing, crisp and a favourite to drink in the summer. There is a wide selection to choose from, from the Alentejo to the Algarve, from Setúbal to the Douro, but also from France (Provence), Spain and even South Africa.
Rosé wine is pale pink due to only being in contact with the skins for a limited amount of time (just a few hours), meaning the transfer of colour is softer. The same does not happen with red wine, wherein the contact of the must with the grape skins is longer, hence the darker colour.
Although rosé wine is originally from Provence, it has been widely appreciated by the Portuguese for many years and that is why Baptista always offers the best possible selection.
The best-known and best-selling Portuguese rosé is Mateus Rosé. This is a light, fresh and ‘seductive’ wine made from Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca grape varieties.
For an Algarve-produced rosé, the wine specialist recommends Barranco Longo’s Blush 2020 made with the Italian grape variety Sangiovese. This is a wine he describes as “intense and vibrant”.
Luís Silva also suggests Kopke Winemaker’s Collection 2020 (Douro) or the Rosé Vulcânico (Azores), a wine with an “elegant precision and acidity”.
The wine specialist also highlights Rosé da Fita Preta Non Millésimé (Alentejo) and Lemos Rosé, an excellent option from the Dão.
From the Provence region of France, Luís Silva suggests some top-quality wines. The Miraval Rosé 2019 is a blend of fruity aromas, with the ideal freshness for summer. On the shelves at Baptista, you can also find the Château Saint-Maur Cru Classé, a wine of unrivalled excellence.
As Luís Silva points out, rosé wine is popular in the summer months, often served at restaurant tables, terraces and rooftop bars, and you can be sure to find “the best of the best” at Baptista supermarket.