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TRISTAN DARBY Columnist Tristan Darby is tickled pink by the rise of rosé this spring

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ver the past few years, we’ve witnessed a pink renaissance with the rise of rosé, which has shaken off the image of ‘sweet and sickly’, attracting a new generation of drinkers and winning over many sceptics with a rise in quality and a broader variety of styles. It’s synonymous with sunshine, too, and with the hope of warm months ahead – here’s my pick of the pinks for summertime sipping. Starting with sparkling, if you’re looking to entertain for a summer party, or for a fizzy pink to sip in the sunshine, a good choice is Pere Ventura, Cava Tresor Rosado (£13.95 at Great Western Wine). Made in the Penedès region between Barcelona and Tarragona using north east Spain’s native Trepat grape, with an attractive deep pink colour, it pops with strawberries, raspberries, and a light herbal edge. Fizzy and fresh with a long fruity finish, it’s great on its own, but also to serve alongside tapas-style canapés. If you’re after something a little more sophisticated, try Hattingley Valley, Rosé 2014 (£37.50 at GWW), a complex, elegant and impressive English sparkling from Hampshire. It’s made just north of Winchester from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Précoce (an early ripening mutation of Pinot Noir, perfect for the British climate). With a portion of the base wine ageing in old Burgundy barrels and around two years bottle-ageing on lees, there’s a lovely mouthfeel and subtle toasty note alongside the wine’s delightful strawberry and cranberry flavours. I recently served this blind at a sparkling wine tasting next to a very well-known and respected Champagne house’s rosé, and this was the hands-down favourite. Elegant and fresh, it’s a splendid example of high-quality English sparkling wine. Moving on to still wines, fans of the popular Provençal style of rosé should check out Spain’s Chivite, Las Fincas Rosado (£15.95 at GWW), a deliciously dry, floral, fruity and mineral-tinged blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha (aka Grenache). The wine is from Navarra and made by one of the region’s finest, oldest and most famous producers, Chivite, as a homage to top Spanish chef José María Arzak. Red fruits, flowers and a slight tropical note appear on the nose, with a pale pink colour that contrasts the intensity of cherry-like fruit and weight on the palate. It’s as stylish as the sexy bowling pin bottle it comes in, and worth a try with grilled fish, prawns, sashimi or lighter rice or pasta dishes. Slightly richer summer food, such as barbecued chicken and fish, tuna, roast salmon and creamy pasta dishes would be well accompanied by Château du Donjon, Rosé Minervois (£10.95 at GWW), a southern French blend of cinsault, grenache and syrah from Minervois, an appellation just north of Carcassonne and Narbonne. There are cherry-like notes on the nose and palate, with some mineral freshness, orange peel crispness and a slightly herbal note. At just over a tenner, it’s a cracking rosé for the price. n

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The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath