by Fred McMillin
for October 22, 1997

Drink Pink


  • From the New York Times: "Simi's Rose [roh-zay] of Cabernet Sauvignon has real personality, made from the noble Bordeaux grape that imparts a wonderful flavor and aroma. It's better than the more famous Tavel of France.

    The Simi is one of the great roses of the world."

The Rest of the Story: In the last 15 years, California pink wines came out of nowhere to outsell their red counterparts by a wide margin. In 1995, pink White Zinfandel outsold its nearest red rival, Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 million cases to 10 million.

But there's something unusual about the opening quotation from the New York Times. It appeared over twenty years ago. Clearly, Simi was way ahead of the curve. My panel just tasted the 1996, Simi's 25th successive vintage. By now, Simi is a master of imparting bright strawberry flavors from a brief contact (about two hours) with the skins after the crush. It is one of the few pinks my tasters gave a Highly Recommended rating.

The Wine:
1996 Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Simi Winery
Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA
Food Affinities—Spicy Mexican and Oriental dishes, charbroiled fish and fowl dishes.
Contact—Nancy Gilbert, (707) 433-6981

Postscript: When the Simi brothers founded their winery in 1876, they didn't call it Simi, but named it after their birthplace in Tuscany. However, pronunciation difficulties forced them to change it. You see, they were born in the town of Montepulciano!

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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