As every wine lover knows by now, rosés are back in vogue in a big way, and while there are many fine selections on the market this season, we think ours is extra special because for every bottle of the 2012 Spring Run Rosé purchased, Novelty Hill and Januik Winery will donate $2 to Salmon Safe, an independent certification program recognizing farming and vineyard practices that protect water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife, particularly native Northwest salmon.

And while you can feel good about your purchase supporting care of the environment, your taste buds are in for a treat too.  Bright and fragrant, the 2012 Spring Run Rosé offers delicious fresh strawberry and juicy watermelon aromas and flavors wrapped around a hint of lemon peel.  A soft, approachable wine, this blend of 54% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre, and 20% Grenache pairs beautifully with a wide-range of foods.  Think Asian-spiced pork tenderloin or poached Dover sole.

Made from grapes grown at Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard Stillwater Creek, the winery’s ties to Salmon Safe go back to the spring of 2007 when this steep south-facing site on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills became the first Columbia Valley vineyard to earn the Salmon Safe certification.  To be approved as Salmon-Safe, Stillwater Creek had to meet a rigorous set of guidelines specific to efficient irrigation and water conservation measures; erosion control; Integrated Pest Management; and native vegetation and habitat management.

Known for its careful vineyard management and innovative clonal selection, Stillwater Creek was planted in 2000 and has quickly earned a reputation as one of Washington State’s top vineyard sites.

A limited supply of Spring Run Rosé is now available from the winery for $16 a bottle, either in the tasting room or on-line.