Last day of June heading to the July 4th holiday and the perfect time for me to kick back with one of my summertime sips—rose’.
Let me be clear-- this is not blush wine of the white zinfandel variety. Sure, it’s pink but it’s not sweet. Instead, it’s dry, a great match for food—just middle of the road enough to go with most picnic and warm weather foods. I love rose' with burgers, potato salad—the kind of food that inspires some of my friends to reach for a really cold beer. I love the crispness of the wine when it's chilled just right (not too cold so you can’t taste the wonderful essence of strawberry, melon and mineral).
I also love the eye appealing quality of rose’—that pale pink to that deep rose---almost red is pretty in the glass. My first rose' was French –makes sense since rose’ is almost synonymous with summer in France. Yummy Tavel Rose’ is always a winner. But last year I sampled some of Spain’s offerings---and now Muga Rioja has found a place on my table (or more typically near the chair on my deck).
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about Domaine Ott Rose’. (Okay, the beautifully designed bottle caught my eye. I think I am a marketer's dream).