"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" - From the 1913 poem "Sacred Emily" and which appeared in the 1922 book Geography and Plays, was written by the 'Lost Generation' writer Gertrude Stein.
Another writer, back in the late 1500's, said something similar in some obscure and lowly play called Romeo and Juliet. "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," by Will Something-or-Other.
The adages mean, simply put, It Is What It Is.
What we have planned for you this week is something a little more complex than what those two clearly barely talented "rose writers" put out and gave to the world. Ok, we're only kidding and absolutely not comparing ourselves to Shakespeare or Stein, but we are going to have some fun this week. Rose Schiano the Haw River Wine Woman will be in house pouring for us, and yes, Rose will be pouring a Rosé. After all, International Rosé Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of June every year, which is the 24th this year. Continuing with the pink theme, we're going to revisit a wine we were pouring last month during our annual party. It's the electric and stunning skin contact Pinot Gris from Grochau Cellars Etheric Wine Workshop. This is a wine we fell in love with the second we put our nose in the glass and still haven't gotten enough of. The other two wines to round out our quartet are incredibly special. Both are super limited and we're fortunate enough to have gotten our hands on a good bit of it! And by 'good bit' we mean only one case of the Cantina Colterenzio Kellerei Schreckbichl Pfefferer dry Moscato Giallo and two cases of the Metodo Classico Sparkling Frappato from COS. Anything by COS is hard to come by (and always ridiculously amazing), let alone a sparkling Frappato! And you know how much we love Frapatto in these parts! COS is a collaboration that began back in 1980 with The three top names in Sicilian winemaking: friends Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from. With the exception of the Moscato Giallo, all the wines we'll be enjoying this week are rose colored, rosé colored and poured by a Rose.
Giallo is the Italian term designating mystery fiction and thrillers. The word giallo is Italian for yellow. The term derives from a series of cheap paperback mystery and crime thriller novels with yellow covers that were popular in Italy.
But the fun this week doesn't stop there! This Friday, the 24th, the film Elvis by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!) is being released in theaters. In honor of The King and his biopic, we'll be hosting an Elvis Whiskey and Rye Tasting this Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 at No Charge! South Carolina based spirit company, Grain & Barrel, collaborated with the Elvis Presley Estate and make this whiskey and rye in the King of Rock & Roll's home state of Tennessee. Giving that other guy, Jack Daniels, Tennessee whiskey a run for his money, Elvis came on the scene and was released in September of last year.
Join us this week for not one but Two Tastings; one to get you going for Rosé season and the second to gear you up for the Elvis movie.
See you this week!
The Wine Shop Team