Many remember Bryan Wilson as the kid who hit high notes and made cartwheels with his voice but the child is now a man. It’s been five years since his last CD and in the years since, Wilson has developed a new sense of purpose for his music and his life. His new radio single, “Expect You Now,” represents a departure from the down-home, churchy style of music he recorded for Malaco Records in the 1990s. The sophisticated new praise and worship single was produced by Amos P. Saint Jean who’s collaborated with artists such as Jonathan Nelson & Purpose. One fan recently posted on Wilson’s Facebook page: “I didn’t recognize it was you at first! It’s a different twist for you from what I’m used to hearing from you, but it’s a hit!” . “The song is a simple one,” says Wilson, who made the song up during a worship service two years ago. “The pastor was praying over people during an altar call and I got up and started singing what they call ` a song of the Lord.’ When people go to the altar, they are expecting God to change them or change their situation so I started to sing, Lord, we expect you now’ and after the service people asked me if that was on one of my CDs and I said, `Not yet but it will be.’” The soul-stirring track was just sent to radio and getting the thumbs up from radio programmers. “Bryan Wilson did his thang on Expect You Now – goose bumps factor enabled,” says Kyle Stewart, an announcer with B106.2 FM in Palm Beach, FL. “There is much maturity in this song that is sure to be pleasing to all ages,” says Jacki Holliday of KDAY in Louisiana. “A true, honest and heartfelt petition to our Lord. Intimate Time with the Lord at its finest.” Jacquie Gales Webb of Washington, D.C.’s WHUR 96.3 FM says, “It’s a pretty song.” One fan on Jango wrote that Wilson is “back with a bang” while another simply said, “just beautiful.” In other news, Wilson has become an evangelist and itinerant preacher. He was recently installed as the Apostle of the Bapolstogic Movement, an evangelistic outreach that seeks to preserve and promote an authentic Pentecostal experience for a new generation of worshippers. Meanwhile, Amos P. Saint Jean is finishing work on Wilson’s forthcoming CD, …And It’s Over” that will be released on Blackmoke Music Worldwide, the company that gave birth to James Fortune & FIYA, Earnest Pugh and Zacardi Cortez. For more on Bryan Wilson, visit www.bryanwilson.com or www.facebook.com/bryanwilsonsinger.
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A recent report from the Healthcare Cost Institute indicated that though the economy has remained weak since 2008, healthcare cost has continued to rise, at double the rate of inflation.
How do Americans respond to the increase of health care cost? As unemployment percentages continue to be in the two digits in most states, and economic recovery remains uncertain, consumers are slashing expenditure left and right and that of course means delaying health care as long as they could.
A New York Times article reported that even insured Americans are cutting back on their doctors’ visits because of not able to afford their co-payments. This cutting back of visits has boosted the bottom lines of insurance companies and yet has put Americans into a poorer health condition.
Los Angeles healthcare practice management consultant and author, Mr Helmut Flasch, has consulted private dental and medical practices of all specialties for 20 years in the US and other countries.
“While I can help a private dentist or doctor by improving his marketing visibility in the community and thus driving new patients to the practice, there is still this glaring problem that many patients cannot afford treatment and thus they delay their needed healthcare.” said Flasch.
One does not need to be a trained doctor to know that delays of needed care will often create a much larger and even more expensive health problem. For example, dental care delayed could cause gum diseases which affect the immune system. A weakened immune system could lead to heart and liver diseases etc, and for pregnant mothers, pre-matured babies and still-born babies.
According to a Japanese University study, an untreated gum disease could even turn HIV viruses into AIDS.
According to Flasch, doctors are getting the short end of the stick as well. Doctors are working harder and harder, and making less. They are trying to keep up with the rising cost of their malpractice insurances, the costs of equipments and mainly government regulations and insurance companies’ re-imbursement cuts. This year, CNN reported a growing trend of doctors going broke.
“The middle class is still living in nice homes, driving good cars, and having coffee at Starbucks, but falling extremely short on the much needed healthcare. This situation has grown to a level where I feel I MUST come up with a way to help the patients to get affordable treatment. ” Flasch continued.
That said, Flasch launched a health site Healthcare4pennies.com that specialized in getting patients affordable healthcare at up to 70% off regular price.
This is a penny auction bidding site where the public could place bids to acquire discounts in health packages which they could use in any doctors’ office of their choice and even outside of America should they wish to seek more affordable healthcare options in other countries like Costa Rica etc.
“Healthcare4pennies.com gives Americans an option for getting healthcare at a discount without sacrificing the quality of care. This is important. Usually, when an individual has a cheap health plan, the plan would not cover any major needed treatment. This site is not about plans or insurances. It simply lets the individual have a chance to acquire discounted healthcare to be used at any doctor’s office. “ explained Flasch.
One cannot ignore the contrast that when the times are good, consumers have less reservation of plunging down the money especially for elective health care and when times are tough, consumers are hanging on to their wallets and scrutinizing every big and small purchases.
“Health care delayed for Americans is bad news. Poor health affects work and affects economics. Healthcare4pennies.com is a solution for Americans towards rising healthcare cost. I know this will make a difference of helping someone who need treatment but cannot afford it.” concluded Flasch.
MADISON—The use of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, by adolescents with a history of drug and alcohol abuse not only reduces the risk of relapse but also leads to lower health care costs, according to research by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
The study, which appears in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, is the first to examine the cost implications of 12-step programs for adolescents.
Researchers studied 403 participants between 13 and 18 years old enrolled in Kaiser Permanente alcohol and drug treatment programs in northern California and followed their progress over seven years.
Past research has shown that adolescents with drug and alcohol problems are at risk for a number of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, violence, depression and suicide, and chronic medical conditions such as asthma.
According to Dr. Marlon Mundt, assistant professor of family medicine, for each 12-step meeting attended, medical costs were reduced by an estimated 4.7 percent or $145 per year for hospital inpatient days, psychiatric visits, and alcohol and drug treatment.
“What is important to remember is that while the exact mechanism of the effect is not known, 12-step is linked to better health, and as a result, lower medical costs in teenagers with a history of substance abuse,” said Mundt.
Twelve-step programs, first established by Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson in 1939, offer meetings and one-on-one consultations with recovering drug and alcohol abusers who want to become sober. The concept is copied by groups such as Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
“Our findings suggest that in addition to providing support for their sobriety, 12-step participation may also help adolescents meet their physical and mental health recovery needs by supplementing formal medical and psychiatric services,” said Mundt. “However, while 12-step participation may be an important complement to formal treatment, it should not be considered a substitute for needed formal psychiatric or alcohol and drug rehabilitation services, simply on the basis of cost.”
The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Girls on the Run, a local non-profit that teaches teen girls life skills through running events, will hold a Brewer’s Game fundraiser on June 8th.
WHO: Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee inspires girls to develop positive self-esteem, build a collection of genuine experiences and inspire life-changing confidence through accomplishments. The volunteer-led program weaves training for a 5k run with fun by expressing joy, optimism, and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions.
WHAT: The upcoming spring fundraising event on June 8 will feature an exciting afternoon tailgate party, followed by a Brewer’s Game to raise money for local programs to educate girls for a lifetime of respect and healthy living.
A fundraising ticket includes the pregame tailgating party at 4:00 p.m. with food, beverages and entertainment, and admission into the 7:10 pm game versus the San Diego Padres. Individual tickets are $55 or a family four-pack for two adults and two children is available for $150. Tickets can be purchased online at http://gotr-milwaukee.org/events/registration.
A raffle will also take place during the tailgate party, with prizes including an autographed Ryan Braun baseball, a SURG group gift certificate, a tandem skydive jump, and a running package including two race entries into Bastille Days.
WHEN: Friday, June 8th at 4:00 p.m.
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls age eight to thirteen years old, that combines interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.
Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee (gotr-milwaukee.org), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is part of Girls on the Run International (www.girlsontherun.org), whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
(CHICAGO, IL – She does it for love, and because it’s in her. She also does it solo, without benefactors, a staff or board of directors—basically out of her own pocket. She’s a single woman and has no children of her own, but will tell you that she actually feels she has hundreds of daughters citywide and beyond who look to her as a mother. Minus media attention, sponsorship of any kind or public accolades for her work, Bernada N. Baker has spent the past eight years mentoring black girls—hundreds of them—throughout the Chicagoland area, and some even across the country and abroad.
Through her own The Princess Within Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit organization, Baker has touched the lives of girls to instill within them a strong sense of purpose, pride and self-worth. Her primary focus is African American girls because when she peers into their eyes, she sees herself, and envisions their futures and possibilities in a society that too often decides their fate for them based upon where they grew up, how and in what circumstances. Baker herself is proof of what girls can make of themselves when excellence is expected of them. So, she creates that expectation within each and every mentee she encounters. She dares girls to dream their dreams, and empowers them with the drive to make them real.
A product of Chicago’s south side, Baker grew up watching the downward spiral of a drug-addicted mother. She heard predictions that she’d likely end up another high school dropout and teenaged mother, and initially saw that doomsday scenario as her future. But, embracing will, determination and faith, she opted instead to break the cycle; to counter the statistics, the skeptics and naysayers and make her fate her own responsibility. By just age 23, she had earned her bachelor’s, an MBA and a master of public health degree from St. Xavier University of Chicago.
A master’s of divinity would soon follow from McCormick Theological Seminary, also in that city (and she’s now on track to receive her Ph.D from National Louis University). Credentials in-hand, Baker then founded The Princess Within Foundation in 2004 after becoming a successful educator, community advocate, motivational speaker, life coach and counselor, an ordained minister and even emerging as a published author. Her best-selling book, Unlock the Treasure: Discover the Princess Within [© 2010 edition, 184 pp.; $15.00, The Princess Within Foundation] doubles as the official curriculum for the program.
The Princess Within Foundation works to enable girls aged eight to 24 to discover their purpose, while encouraging them to pursue it and their latent gifts with passion. The program’s objective is to increase girls’ self-esteem while also cultivating leadership and character development skills. The Foundation emphasizes teaching girls the value of social awareness, self-control and responsible conflict resolution and decision-making. It accomplishes this by conducting monthly workshops that feature mentoring, academic counseling, life coaching and team-building activities for girls in the city and suburbs.
Currently, 110 elementary, grammar school, high school and college-age girls are enrolled in the program. Embracing it as her life’s purpose, Baker has carried her commitment to youth across the state and nation, and she has even crossed the ocean to deliver her motivational message to girls—many the victims of sex-trafficking—in Ghana, West Africa. She also recently debuted The King Within program, a pilot organization for at-risk boys in the same age group, owing to repeat, impassioned requests from parents.
“I started the Foundation as a means to give back and to play a tangible role in helping to decrease the teenage pregnancy rate among minority girls,” notes Baker. “I was inspired to name it based upon what I wanted my girls to believe in, but TPWF wasn’t something I planned,” she adds. “Women who mentored me inspired me. And, when I started mentoring one girl, the next thing I knew there were 30.”
She continues: “I had one counselor who said, ‘Little brown girl, you’ve got to be somebody.’” It was a statement that resonated with Baker. Now, her own words are equally as impactful and transforming. She teaches her girls that they are a valuable treasure, and that they have to set the bar, as well as their standards high. “Love yourself unconditionally, and dream big,” Baker states. “Only you are responsible for creating a successful future. Live life on purpose, with full intent and dare to be extraordinary. There is no dream that cannot become a reality.”
If her former mentees are any indication, she has achieved some breakthroughs. “I love Bernada Nicole Baker,” says Roshea Williams, now an education specialist with Ada S. McKinley Community Services, a social service agency on Chicago’s south side. “She actually first mentored me at age 15. I’m now 22, and she has helped me through so many trials and tribulations. Bernada Nicole is a really good person. She gives me great advice, and she’s just a really passionate person with a really great spirit. She will give her all.”
Jasmine Mack, 21, a concessionaire at Chicago’s Midway Airport who’ll be a freshman at Talladega College in Alabama this fall, agrees. “Bernada’s been like a Godmother to me. After the first weekend I spent with her, we were inseparable. She’s a great person; a great role model. She keeps me on my toes. I have my mom, but with The Princess Within Foundation it seems like I have two moms. I’ve never met one person in my life as amazing as Bernada. If I haven’t called her, she calls me. If I forget and get too busy, she’ll phone my school. She’s a great motivator.”
One TPWF alum who’s already gone on to college is Dorian DeRamus, an undergraduate at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. “I’m an only child, raised by a single mom. I met Ms. Baker when I was 15 after she heard me pray in church one day,” DeRamus states. “She just fell in love with me at that moment. ‘You’re a princess and we have The Princess Within organization,’” she recalls Baker as first saying. “She’s been like my second mother. She’s been sending me care packages, and sending along encouraging words to me while at school. She’ll yell at you like a mom, too now, but it’s all out of love. There’s no sugar-coating anything.”
ABOUT THE PRINCESS WITHIN FOUNDATION
The Princess Within Foundation [TPWF] is a faith-based, self-esteem initiative that empowers and equips girls with the tools necessary to discover the princess that lies within. The organization’s programming provides multicultural exposure, focus and access to academic, spiritual, financial and emotional resources specially designed to assist girls in their journey as they transition to womanhood. TPWF aims to empower girls to “become pregnant with purpose and not babies.” For more information, visit: www.theprincesswithin.org, or see our Facebook page.
As 2012 hurricane season begins, more than 180 American Red Cross Chapters receive power equipment to aid in disaster-relief efforts in areas prone to severe weather
Milwaukee, Wis. Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) and the American Red Cross today announced that Briggs & Stratton will deliver nearly $1 million of donated generators and pressure washers to 183 American Red Cross chapters nationwide, allowing areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather to be ready for recovery efforts before disasters hit.
“Briggs & Stratton’s donation of generators and pressure washers will help our chapters all over the country prepare for and respond to disasters by providing tools our teams can use to be ready to deliver critical services,” said Jerry DeFrancisco, president, humanitarian services of the American Red Cross. “The key to disaster relief is rapid deployment of assistance, and Briggs & Stratton’s generous contribution will help us meet immediate electricity needs after power outages and greatly enhance and quicken clean-up efforts Briggs & Stratton has been providing durable, reliable products for over 100 years and we are grateful for this.”
The Briggs & Stratton contribution includes nearly 850 5500W Storm Responder Generators and more than 480 pressure washers. The equipment is already arriving at Red Cross chapters in Alabama , Florida , Georgia , Louisiana , Texas , South Carolina , Virginia and San Juan , Puerto Rico . An additional fall shipment will go to chapters in New York , Pennsylvania , Maryland , Delaware , Massachusetts , New Jersey , New Hampshire and more.
“We are proud to join with the American Red Cross and its incredible team of 650,000 volunteers to provide them with this outdoor power equipment that will be quickly accessible to help people in the event of severe weather,” said Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “We have a history of teaming with the American Red Cross through volunteer efforts and contributions and we are proud to expand upon that relationship with this effort. Today’s announcement builds upon our commitment to our communities and helps ensure our equipment will be there well in advance of severe weather. Briggs & Stratton and the American Red Cross are joining together to get ahead of the storm.”
The equipment contribution was announced in Milwaukee , Wis. , home of Briggs & Stratton and the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin, one of the chapter recipients. The partnership is part of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. More information can be found at briggsandstratton.com and via Facebook and Twitter.
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.
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Briggs & Stratton Contribution to the American Red Cross
- Briggs & Stratton Corporation is contributing more than 1,300 storm generators and pressure washers to American Red Cross chapters nationwide to help get ahead of the storm and three days before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1st
- Nearly $1 million in Briggs & Stratton power equipment including:
- Chapter recipients in geographic locations prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, flooding, snow and ice storms and other severe weather
Areas receiving equipment:
- 183 American Red Cross Chapters nationwide including San Juan , Puerto Rico
- Recipients include chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico
- Manufactured at Briggs & Stratton’s McDonough, Ga. and Auburn , Ala. facilities
- 5500W Storm Responder Generators
- Rugged, portable units with non-flattening wheels powered by fuel-efficient Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series™ OHV engines. Power Surge™ alternators produce up to 50% surge wattage for back-up power needs during storms.
- Possible disaster response uses include: Meeting critical electrical needs at various Red Cross response centers and in mobile response areas with power for lighting, appliances, medical equipment, communication technology and more
- Pressure Washers
- Dependable units produce 75 times normal garden hose pressure
- Possible disaster response uses include: Provide high-powered pressure washing on cots, tents, facilities, floors, response vehicles, including removing mold, mildew, dirt and grime.
- 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends on November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15 and also ends on November 30. For more information on the hurricane seasons visit the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Briggs & Stratton:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. Please visit www.briggsandstratton.com.
American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.
Bartolatta’s Offers Delicious Brunch
Hales Corners, WI – Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive in Hales Corners, will open its doors to celebrate a Father’s Day Event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 from 9am –3pm.
The Model T Club of Milwaukee will be present displaying some of its finest relic automobiles. TheMilwaukee Bike Federation will be on hand with a bike ambassador to share information, answer cycling questions and promote upcoming events. The Rainbow Aero Modelers Society (RAMS) will present a “static display” of remote control model airplanes. RAMS focuses on fixed wing aircraft, offering free instruction, whether powered by glow or gas fuel engines, electric motors, or turbines that run on jet fuel. Gift of Wings of Franklin, WI, will share kite building instruction for children.The Bartolotta Catering Company will provide Sunday brunch indoors from 10am – 1:30pm. Bartolatta’s five station menu includes made to order waffles, omelets and pasta with the chef’s choice of carved meats; appetizers and assorted desserts. Adults $31.95 and children (3-12) $12.95. For reservations please call (414) 525-5635.
Boerner Botanical Gardens was a $10,000 winner of Rain Bird Corporation’s Intelligent Use of Water Awards earlier this year and the gardens are an internationally renowned horticultural showplace of the Milwaukee County Park System. For more information go to boernerbotanicalgardens.org or call Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5601.
(NBC – Dallas)
The tough housing market is encouraging some homeowners to improve their property instead of trying to sell.
Landscape designer Mark Funderberk, president of Dallas-based LandPatterns Inc., said the busy summer season is even busier with people investing in their homes.
“When the market changes, then they’re going to have an attractive face to the house that people come in to and they’re going to feel this house is worth the money they’re asking for,” he said.
Joe and Kim Stadleman, of Richardson, decided to start with their backyard when moving was not an option.
“We wanted a place where we could entertain — and not a formal entertaining area, just real informal — that fit with this backyard the way it was already,” Kim Stadleman said. “We didn’t want to take trees down or anything like that.”
The Stadlemans wanted an outdoor living room where friends and family could spend time.
Funderberk created a space that’s just like a family room — complete with a couch, sound system and a hidden TV behind some well-placed boards. It even has an observation deck to overlook the backyard creek.
The couple said their investment is a great addition for future buyers, as well as their family and friends.
A better hiring outlook and lower gas prices pushed a measure of U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level in four and a half years.
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment jumped to 79.3 in May, up from 76.4 in the previous month. That’s the best reading since October 2007 – two months before the recession began.
A high proportion of consumers say they are hearing about job gains rather than losses. The number of those who say they heard of job losses dropped to its lowest point since mid-2007.
Gas prices have also fallen steadily in recent weeks, freeing up more money for other purchases. The average gas price Friday was $3.67 per gallon nationwide, according to AAA. That’s down 17 cents in the past month.
The survey found that “only a few consumers even mentioned” Europe.
The percentage of consumers who said it is a good time to buy an appliance or other long-lasting household good reached the highest point in a year.
Fears about rising prices are also abating, likely because of falling gas costs. Consumers expect lower levels of inflation in the months and years ahead, the survey found.
With Memorial Day behind us, summer has officially arrived. This means more time outside, and consequently, a different cocktail menu.
For lazy days by the pool or at the beach, it’s hard to beat a piña colada, margarita, or other tropical drink. When enjoying a hot dog or hamburger at a barbeque, beer is the obvious choice.
For wine drinkers, finding the perfect summertime match can be daunting. When lounging on the deck or patio, red wine can seem too heavy. And sometimes, that simple white wine is just, well, too simple.
That’s why it’s hard to beat a crisp rosé when the weather is warm.
It’s easy to dismiss pink wine. After all, most Americans associate rosé with cheap, sweet “blush” wines, like Sutter Home’s white Zinfandel.
This style of wine traces its roots to the early 1970s. Back then, demand for white wine outpaced supply, so many California winemakers started producing white wine from red grapes, taking advantage of the fact that even red grapes give off white juice.
In 1975, the winemaker at Sutter Home, Bob Trinchero, had a problem while making his white Zinfandel. A portion of the wine experienced a “stuck fermentation,” meaning the yeast died before all the sugar had converted into alcohol. Rather than “fix” the wine by adding more yeast, Trinchero decided to let it sit for two weeks. When he revisited the wine, he knew it would be a hit — and Sutter Home’s modern-day white Zinfandel was born. Countless imitators would soon follow.
This style of pink wine remains quite popular and it will always have fans. More often than not, though, white Zinfandel and other blush wines are just too sweet. Many taste more like Kool-Aid or strawberry fruit punch than wine.
True rosés are bone dry, textured, and refreshing. And they can be just as complex and food friendly as traditional wines.
True rosés are made in one of two ways.
In the first method, the winemaker crushes red wine grapes and leaves the juice in contact with the skin for a brief period, typically one or two days. She then discards the skins, allowing the juice to finish fermentation on its own. Thanks to the short period of skin contact, the wine retains some color. Here, rosé is the only goal.
In the second method, rosé is a byproduct of red wine fermentation. Red wine obtains color, tannin, structure, and flavors from grape skins. If a winemaker wants to increase the skin-to-juice ratio during fermentation, she can simply remove some juice at an early stage. This pink juice can be fermented separately to create rosé. This method is known as saignée.
True rosés have been a part of life in France for centuries. In the southeastern part of the country, residents and visitors alike have long recognized the splendor of pairing rosé with warm weather and coastal cuisine.
France remains the source of many fantastic rosés – great examples can be found in Bandol, Tavel, Sancerre, and many other regions. When looking for French rosés, it’s best to look for reliable importers, like Kermit Lynch, Beaune Imports, Weygandt-Metzler, and Robert Kacher. All four bring in a number of knockout wines.
Plenty of delightful pink wines come from outside France, as well. Across the world, more and more producers are making top-notch, authentic rosés.
In the United States, some producers to look for include Alexander Valley Vineyards, which makes a splendid rosé of Sangiovese, Copain, and Ponzi. Another favorite is made by Mulderbosch in South Africa.
The world is still awash in bad rosés, of course. It’s still quite easy to accidently wind up with a bottle that’s too heavy, alcoholic, or sweet. So if your local wine shop offers tastings, be sure to stop in when rosés are open – you might find a crisp, refreshing wine that’s worth stocking up on.
After all, pink wine is the perfect accompaniment to summer. So why not grab a case?
David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com. His columns are housed at Wines.com, the fastest growing wine portal on the Internet.