Pretty in Pink
Here in Northern California it’s starting to get hot, really hot. We’ve been tickling the century mark and the first thing you want to do after work (unless you’ve been fishing) is get out of your work clothes and put on shorts and flip flops. It’s beer thirty or time for a gin and tonic. Okay, you got the road dust out of your mouth. What to drink in the wine dept? Well, if I were to choose a favorite summer wine its Rosé. Don’t get me wrong I love a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay but I would say Rosé is my favorite hot weather wine. Not the sweet sticky Rosé we remember as kids (okay my parents drank Mateus) but nice dry, fruity rendition. Rosé loves tomatoes, (think bruchetta) it partners well with shrimp and most summer fare. Summer here is light and fresh and Rosé doesn’t overpower many dishes. Or, just sit and have a glass and watch the blazing sun melt the trees on the horizon.
There are a few mass producers of Rosé here in CA in the $10-$20 range. I like Coppola’s Sofia (named after his daughter). It’s widely available, nicely crafted and refreshing. I like to serve them cold. The wine tastes great right out of the fridge as well as sitting in the glass for a while. Give a few Rosés a try and let me know what you think. If you have a great food/wine combo you want to share, love to know about it. Tight Lines!