The Toast of the Town

Rosé has taken Lake Erie by storm. Here's where to find it — and what to pair it with. 
Why does it seem like nobody but your grandma drank rosé and now — out of nowhere — the blush-hued wine has become the warm-weather drink of choice for oenophiles across the globe?

“It’s huge,” says Lydia Tomek, the winemaker at Burning Kiln winery in Saint Williams, Ontario. “Rosé has evolved to become a more sophisticated, fruit-forward, drier wine. It used to have a stigma as being a little sweet.”

Burning Kiln’s 2016 Broken Needle Rosé ($18.95), for example, is made with Merlot grapes and has notes of strawberry and watermelon. It’s quick-pressed, which results in a crisp, refreshing wine.

What does it pair well with? 

“Everything,” says Tomek. “Seriously."

Pick up a bottle at Burning Kiln (519-586-9858, or check out one of these other Lake Erie rosés.
• 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir ($14.99) by Debonné Vineyards in Madison, Ohio. Aromas of fresh watermelon, strawberries and citrus and honeydew and guava flavors. Pair with shrimp cocktail, fresh goat cheese, tartines or quiche. 440-466-3485,
• 2012 Cabernet Franc Dry Rosé ($14.99) by Presque Isle Wine Cellars in North East, Pennsylvania. Hints of earth and ripe cranberries. Pair with picnic food or grilled seafood.  814-725-1314,