We may not discuss it, but wine was our first love. Chardonnay may be a California staple, but our tastes walked on the red side– Cabernet, Zinfandel and even Pinot Noir made a meal more special. It may be a golden time for beer and spirits, but the allure of an uncorked bottle was always more sophisticated.
As the seasons grow warmer, our need for lighter tastes reminded us of a bottle of rosé. In limited production, our particular Horsehill Vineyards varietal was a partnership between Cal Poly Pomona's Collins College of Hospitality Management and College of Agriculture, and South Coast Winery in Temecula. To appease thirsty oenophiles, they recently released a kissing cousin: Rossana sparkling wine.
11.5% ABV, Rossana is named in homage to one of Will K. Kellogg's (Yes, that Kellog) Arabian mares. A classically styled Brut Rosé, Zinfandel grapes are picked from the onsite vineyard at the university. The first press draws out strawberry and cherry characteristics, in addition to a blush tint. Using a bottling process called the Charmat method, carbonation occurs biologically due to the decomposition of sugar. As a result, the natural fragrances of the grapes are better preserved.
Between the effervescence and crisp finish, Rossana delights one's senses. Perfect for springtime celebrations, bottles are found at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch.