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Rosé season is here!

Daffodils are in bloom and you know what that means: rosé season is here! The warmer weather has us digging out our sandals, eyeing that pair of shorts, and popping open a bottle of Malene Rosé to celebrate. What better time to release three new rosés from the 2019 vintage: our classic 2019 Malene Rosé, our 2019 Old Vine Rosé of Grenache and our 2019 Camp 4 Vineyard Rosé of Mourvèdre. The latter two are reserve-level rosés sourced from highly respected single vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, an appellation with a long, warm growing season that mirrors the climate of Provence. All three wines are reminiscent of the finest rosés of France crossed with the sun-drenched vineyards of the Central Coast. Enjoy!

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Have rosé, will travel! Your shipment this spring includes a two-bottle insulated wine tote (more playfully known as a koozie) that can be loaded up with Malene Rosé and taken with you wherever you go. Feel free to post a pic of you “cozying” up to your new koozie on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to use #MyMalene and #MaleneScene. And when your tote is empty, come on back to the Malene Scene for a refill!

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Perfect Pairings

Perfect Pairings

Once again our resident brand specialist and sommelier, William Becker, has cooked up a perfect pairing for the rosés in your shipment: Crab Cake Sliders! 

Combine together in a large bowl 1 lb lump crabmeat, 8 crushed saltine crackers, 1 egg, 1 T Dijon mustard, 1 T Greek yogurt or mayo, a pinch of Cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined; using wet hands, combine into small patties. Heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until lightly golden brown - about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve on small buns with a spicy lime yogurt spread and a pineapple-kiwi salsa. 

This dish pairs perfectly with all three rosé wines in your shipment, and is always a crowd pleaser! For a vegetarian version, sub crabmeat with a combination of chickpeas, hearts of palm and artichoke hearts. 

Malene Rosé

2019 Malene Rosé

The 2019 Malene Rosé comprises four varietals for a wine that is mouth-filling yet crisp, dry and complex. Grenache supplies the backbone with copious melon and strawberry notes and a delicious creamy texture. Vermentino lifts the wine’s fragrance with notes of white flowers and lychee. The Cinsault is exuberant, fruity and fresh, while the Mourvedre imparts a savory, slightly herbaceous character. 

With plenty of fruit and a long acid-driven finish, this wine pairs well with cuisine ranging from fresh oysters to pasta puttanesca.

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2018 Old Vine Rose of Grenache

2019 old vine Rosé of grenache

The 2019 Malene Old Vine Rosé of Grenache is reminiscent of the fine Rosés of Provence, both mouth-filling and crisp, dry and complex. Light in hue, this wine opens with tropical aromas of fresh kiwi and papaya, leading into subtle hints of gooseberry. The palate is bright and textured, bursting with sweet notes of lemon cake, orange zest and spiced almonds, leading to a long, smooth finish.

This wine will pair well with grilled scallops, crab ceviche, sushi and vegetable risotto and can be aged for up to three years.

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2019 Camp 4 Vineyard Rose of Mourvedre

2019 Camp 4 Vineyard Rosé of Mourvèdre

Camp 4 Vineyard, the source of our 2019 Rosé of Mourvèdre, is one of the top sites for Rhone grapes in the Santa Ynez Valley. This wine is reminiscent of a Bandol-style rosé: savory, broad and complex. It opens with aromas of white tea, fresh peaches and orange liqueur, leading to a brightly textured palate bursting with flavors of melon, papaya and key lime.

This wine pairs well with cuisine ranging from barbequed pork loin to stuffed vegetables and pissaladière and can be aged for up to two years.

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