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Rosè and Watermelon Rind two ways

By: Jeff James
March 23, 2018

The 2017 vintage Rosè wines are just starting to appear on local retailers’ shelves and this month’s recipes provide a great match for this crisp, light and vibrant style of wine. A nice chilled glass of Rosè and some delicious watermelon will have you dreaming of summertime and dusting off your bathing suits and flip flops. While the two attached recipes utilize watermelon rind, you certainly won’t want to waste the delightful and flavor-filled watermelon flesh. As an added incentive to open another bottle of Rosè, many versions of this wine share the color and some of the flavors associated with watermelon. 

Rosè wines have been steadily gaining popularity in the United States over the past few years and can now legitimately be considered a trending varietal. As domestic consumers have caught on to the charms of Rosè more and more local wineries have been adding it to their lineups. There were several years following the White Zinfandel era in which many thought of all pink wines as overly sweet and of poor quality. Fortunately for many Europeans, they were not subject to the same bias. In fact, Rosè has been a regular treat of everyday life in the South of France and parts of Spain, Greece and Italy for generations. The new enthusiasm for fine Rosè in the United States has provided those of us in Northern California with some world-class offerings produced right here in our backyard. Great Rosè wines are being produced locally from a variety of different grapes, ranging from lighter-bodied Pinot Noir through medium-bodied Grenache and Sangiovese and up to fuller-bodied Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals. This diversity makes tasting Rosè a very interesting proposition and one made more manageable by the understanding that they can be enjoyed year-round. Rosè is also generally much more affordable than the red wines made from the same grapes as the Rosè versions don’t require the expensive oak and lengthy bottle aging that their red cousins do.

A fun way to experiment with a variety of different Rosè’s is to invite some friends and family over and tell them to bring a bottle of Rosè along. You can provide the Watermelon Rind Pickles and Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry, then you can all sit around and compare the colors, aromas, mouthfeel and flavors of the various wines and decide which goes best with each menu item. Take notes, so you’ll know which wine you want to run out and get more.


Jeff James is the founder and co-owner, with his wife Judy, of Stony Point Vineyard and James Family Cellars. Their Cotati vineyard and winery have consistently produced award-winning wines. Jeff can be reached at or