August 3, 2011

{Wine Wednesday} Refreshing Rosé for Summer


Now that summer has hit with a vengeance, it is the perfect time to breakout some lighter wines, including the oft-derided, yet immensely popular Rosé.  Like most people, we've had far too many sweet and cloying wines or ones lacking character.  My wife was actually very surprised when I ordered a glass of Rosé the last time we were out at a restaurant.  But there are a few wineries I like that make a nice, crisp, clean Rosé that pairs well with seafood, salads, and other light summery dishes.

One of the wines I like is the 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé.  This salmon-colored and refreshing Rosé is 100% cabernet franc with a light berry taste and body.  It is a great value like most Loire wines and often cheaper than wines from Côtes de Provence.

Every summer, our local choice is Wolffer Estate's Rosé from Long Island, which is often a good value for home consumption (well at most retailers anyway, I can't speak for restaurants or wine bars). 

A couple of widely available Rosés we have enjoyed in the past are the Copain 'Tous Ensemble' Rosé and M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône Rosé.  So pick up a bottle and enjoy these summer sippers.

2 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice light refreshing Rose I will look for this

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  2. Thanks Maris! We're actually going to be in Chicago 2 weekends from now and would love any suggestions you may have. We've been to Chicago once before and ate tons (enjoying Rick Bayless, Art Smith restaurants as well as Hot Doug's and Superdawg). Any recommendations for us?

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