October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This time of year, diverse members of the country’s foodie community team up with various organizations to fund cancer research or help cancer survivors.
In Chicago, The Lynn Sage Foundation’s Chicago’s In Good Taste campaign partners with more than 150 local restaurants, which donate portions of their food sales to the group. One hundred percent of the campaign’s proceeds fund breast cancer research at Northwestern University. Regional affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation are hosting Dine Out for the Cure events, benefitting breast health programs in those communities.
For the entire month of October Free Will Brewing Co. in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is serving up pink beer at bars across the state. A portion of the proceeds from the brew—dubbed Saison de Rose—will benefit Penn Medicine’s Rena Rowen Breast Cancer Center.
Six Napa and Sonoma wineries—Hunter III Wines, Chase Family Cellars, Annadel Estate Winery, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Peju Winery and Cakebread Cellars—are working with Send Me on Vacation, a nonprofit organization, to treat cancer survivors to a vacation after completing their treatments.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, here are WE’s top recently reviewed rosés.
93 Château d’Esclans 2011 Garrus Rosé (Côtes de Provence)
A powerful, wood-aged rosé that shows great richness, density and structure. Treat this as a fine wine and you’ll appreciate the texture, the mature berry fruits, the spice and vanilla flavors. Weighty and full in the mouth, this could even age well for another year or two. — R.V.
abv: 14% Price: $90
92 Minassian-Young 2011 Grenache-Cinsault Rosé (Paso Robles)
California rosé is awfully hard to get right. It’s usually too sweet, too heavy or both. With this Grenache-Cinsault blend, Minassian-Young knocks it out of the park. The wine is dry, delicate, modest in alcohol, and complex, with subtle peach, rosehip tea, orange zest, watermelon and spice flavors. A great bargain, but only 64 cases were produced. — S.H.
abv: 13.3% Price: $16
92 Onesta 2012 Bechthold Vineyard Rosé (Lodi)
Onesta is Jillian Johnson’s debut of her own wines; she previously made Cinsault-based reds and rosés for the Phoenix Ranch brand. She is not new, however, to the indelible Bechthold Vineyard and its ancient Cinsault grapes, and her passion and expertise with the site shows gorgeously here. Orange-pink in hue, this beauty shares notes of crushed strawberry that are perfectly in balance with its dry, elegant point-of-view. Sip this one all night long, with food or without. — V.B.
abv: 13.5% Price: $18
92 Château Sainte Roseline 2012 La Chapelle de Sainte Roseline Rosé (Côtes de Provence)
The top cuvée from Sainte Roseline, this is a wood-aged wine. That gives a strongly spicy character on top of the sophisticated fruit. The wine is smooth and complex, with red plums and fragrant acidity going well with the elegant aftertaste. — R.V.
abv: 12.5% Price: NA
92 La Grande Côte 2011 L’Estate Rosé (Paso Robles)
This is one of the best rosés on the market. With a pretty orange and copper color, the wine is dry, crisp and deeply flavored in fruits, yet feels delicate and subtle. The blend is Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. — S.H.
abv: 14.2% Price: $20