Winemakers from throughout Arizona will be descending on Good Oak Bar for Arizona Rosé Week, showcasing their 2015 and 2016 rosés for the public beginning Tuesday, May 16 and running through Sunday, May 21. This week-long celebration of Arizona’s best pink wines will feature a different winemaker on-site every evening to talk about their wines and meet customers. Alongside a bespoke menu which will offer an array of rosés by the glass and tasting flights, winemakers will bring a limited amount of yet-unreleased wine and a selection of older bottlings from their collection, when available. Flights of rosés will be $10 for four pours, offering a unique opportunity to revisit favorite producers as well as discover new makers and styles. Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase wine to take home at a discounted price and special order new releases, which can be picked up at Good Oak once bottled.
Rosé wine is typically made from red wine grapes but, unlike red wine, the grape juice spends less time macerating on the skins and seeds of the grape after it has been pressed. Because skins and seeds provide much of the color and tannin (a structural, drying compound) to a wine, rosé runs the gamut from darker colored, more muscular cousins of red wine to light-bodied, floral, and mineral driven wines. These wines are more akin to fresh white wine, depending on the type of grape used and time it spends on the skins. Falling on various points along this spectrum, Arizonan rosés are a dynamic and diverse family of wines whose inherent complexities and idiosyncrasies are best experienced by this type of broad and inclusive tasting.
The best rosés offer both structure and depth without sacrificing their inherent brightness—fulfilling our craving for thoughtful wine that is also light and refreshing. This tasting will confirm that Arizona Rosé, when taken seriously, is not a lesser wine to its red and white siblings but is in fact complex and quintessentially seasonal wine—essential summer sipping. During a season when poolside drinking and sunset evenings aren’t so much a leisure activities as strategies for survival, this wine is up to the task.
Who: Sand-Reckoner, Callaghan, Dos Cabezas, AZ Stronghold, Chateau Tumbleweed, Laramita Cellars
What: Meet the Winemaker and Rosé Tasting
Where: Good Oak Bar, 316 E Congress St
When: Tuesday May 16th to Sunday May 21st (see below for nightly details)
Tuesday, May 16
6 to 9 p.m.
Sand-Reckoner with Rob Hammelman
Wednesday, May 17
6to 9 p.m.
Callaghan with Lisa & Kent Callaghan
Thursday, May 18
6 to 9 p.m.
Dos Cabezas with Todd Bostock
Friday, May 19
5 to 8 p.m. (maybe 7 to 9 p.m.)
Arizona Stronghold with Dustin Coressel
Saturday, May 20
5 to 8 p.m.
Chateau Tumbleweed with Kris Pothier & Joe Bechard
Sunday, May 21
5 to 8 p.m.
Laramita Cellars with Greg Gonnerman