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Castello Monaci Kreos Rosé

There’s a common misconception among winos that the darker the rosé, the sweeter it will be—not true! The deep color of a rosé comes from skin contact during production, not the amount of sugar added to the wine.

This Kreos rosé is a Negroamaro rosé from Apuglia, the southeast region of Italy that produces some of the best rosé wines in the world. The name “Kreos” comes from the greek goddess of the dawn, Eos, whose tears forever form the morning dew after her son was killed by Achilles during the War of Troy.

Negroamaro is a 1500 year old grape from Apuglia, and it has been cultivated exclusively in Southern Italy for most of its history. Negroamaro grapes are large and very dark, almost black in color, and produces juicy wines with a large amount of dark berry and earthy flavors.

The great thing about rosé made from Negroamaro is that it’s a rosé that can flex between both red and white wine drinkers with ease. This wine is made with a traditional “saignée method” in which the grape skins are immediately removed from the wine after it has imparted a deep blush color, resulting in its dark pink hue.

Castello Monaci Kreos Rosé is full of ripe strawberry flavor without being a sweet wine, which is fantastic for drinkers who love bright sweet fruit in dry wines. Pomegranate, orange, and melon flavors are dominant in this wine with just enough acid to make it a refreshing glass on its own and enough tannin and spice to pair with bolder dishes.

You can purchase this bottle in Memphis at Joes Wines & Liquors and Buster’s Liquors.

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Hugl Zweigelt Rosé

Laundry day is Littlefoot’s favorite day of the week. All those warm clothes that need napping on and clean sheets to roll around in after they come out of the dryer? It’s a cat’s dream come true every Saturday. 

While she’s waiting on those warm sheets to be delivered, Littlefoot likes to sip on something light and easy to drink but has some spunk. That’s why her pick of the week is the Hugl Zweigelt Rosé. This wine is made from 100% Zweigelt grapes, Austria’s most popular red varietal born in the early 1920s. Zweigelt produces mature red wines with soft tannins and robust red fruit, making it perfect for rosé. 

HuglWimmer wines is the product of winemakers Sylvia Hugl-Wimmer and Martin Hugl, a husband and wife dream team who both grew up in winemaking families. Their goal is to make high quality wines that highlight the native grapes of Austria, such as Grüner and Zweigelt. Founded in 2006, his winery is particularly known for their intense white wines that use cold fermentation to preserve the aromatics of white wine grapes to create beautiful and unique vintages.

This rosé is aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks, giving it a crystal clear flavor free from any oak. Don’t let that dark color fool you! It gets that deep blush glow from extended contact with the Zweigelt grape skins, not from any extra sugar. Dry and medium-bodied with hearty cherry and strawberry notes, the Hugl Zweigelt is the perfect rosé for your friends and family who are proud members of the Red Wine Only Club™. It has all the bold richness that comes from soft red wines in a bright rosé defined by the originality that is characteristic of HuglWimmer wines.

You can buy this wine in Memphis at Joe’s Wines and Liquors for $12.99/bottle, which an absolute steal for a wine this wonderful.

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I’m proud to announce that Littlefoot has officially been named the Boozehound Cocktail Series Employee of the Month for the month of August—that makes the fifth month in a row!

She’s all about ballin’ on a budget for her favorite libations. If you can relate, you’re in luck! Littlefoot will now be recommending her favorite wine under $20 every week, because good grape juice doesn’t have to break anyone’s budget. 

This week, she recommends the 2019 Encostas Do Lima Vinho Verde. Sitting at 11% ABV, this lower-proof spritzy rosé is perfect for sipping by the pool or alongside an antipasto plate. Made from a blend of 75% Souzao, 15% Borracal and 10% Espadeiro grapes, this Portuguese wine is incredibly light while bursting with plenty of acid and robust red fruit like strawberry and raspberry. 

Vinho Verde refers to a DOC region of Portugal, not a grape varietal! This style of wine is often characterized as young wine that has a hint of carbonation (Though it is a noticeable sparkle, it is not enough for the wine to be labeled a “sparkling wine”) While this originally came as a result of malolactic fermentation, many producers have become artificially adding fizz through a shot of carbonation. These wines are traditionally high in acid, low in alcohol content, and have bright notes of citrus and melon. While red Vinho Verdes are available, the region’s cool and rainy climate make it difficult for red varietals to mature, meaning that the vast majority of these wines will be based in white grapes.