Perhaps propelled by the hipness of urban bee-keeping, one of civilization’s first fermented beverages, mead, has started to make the tiniest blip on people’s radars. This summer, we saw mead as an ingredient in one of the big rom-coms, The Five-Year Engagement, and, in addition, starring in a few cocktails around town.
This prompted some to ask about mead’s availability, since it’s usually not prominently on your local’s back bar. While the Jason Segel character in The Five-Year Engagement becomes obsessed with making mead (in addition to curing venison), the good news here is that you no longer have to risk your relationship to ferment your own. That’s because Rosewood Mead Royale is available at the LCBO (Vintages) at least for a short while.
It’s a bit more dry than might be expected for a beverage made from honey, and that is sure to appeal to some when it comes to picking out a dessert wine. It’s also incredibly light, so, while Beamsville’s own Rosewood Estates suggests pairing with spicy foods, we can imagine it working better with a Greek-inspired cheese, dried fruit, and nut dessert plate. For those who prefer it in a cocktail, you might try mixing it with bourbon and cherry syrup, as they do at Woodlot.
Rosewood Mead Royale Honey Wine (LCBO #296178 Vintages, 500 mL bottle), $14.95