Big House Pink may not
be the favored house wine for Jack Abramoff or Randy â€œDukeâ€
Cunningham this summer, but for those of us not being threatened by
grand juries, this rosĂ© from Californiaâ€™s Bonny Doon
winery makes a strong candidate. A cold rosĂ© is the hot wine nowadays,
and some California winemakers have even started an organization called
RAP â€“ RosĂ© Advocates and Producers â€“ to promote it. This is one
trend I can embrace, as Iâ€™ve been promoting it
for years. Finally, wine lovers can be comfortable drinking a pink wine
A well-chilled rosĂ© makes a refreshing patio aperitif and just may be
the perfect pairing with garlicky foods or grilled salmon. Yep â€“ pink
wine with pink food. Here are some of my faves:
Bonny Doon Caâ€™ del Solo Big House Pink 2005, California, $10. Crisp, with tons of juicy strawberry flavor.
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2005, California, $12. This one has enough weight to stand up to grilled meats.
Dumont et Fils RosĂ© Champagne, NV, France, $35. Elegant, rich and classy, a perfect wine for brunch in the garden.
Louis Bouillot â€œPerle dâ€™Aurore,â€ Cremant de Bourgogne, France, NV, $15.
This charming sparkler is 100% Pinot Noir. Hide the bottle, donâ€™t
tell your friends it isnâ€™t Champagne, and let them think you paid a
bundle for it.
La RosĂ©e de Monbousquet, 2005, Bordeaux, France, $10. Bordeauxâ€™ wine crisis means more chateaux are producing rosĂ©. Lucky for us! This is one of the best.
Jean-Luc Colombo, CĂ´te Bleue, France, 2005, $10. A pale, dry Provencal-style rosĂ©. Think bouillabaisse or salade NiĂ§oise.
1+1=3, Cabernet Sauvignon RosĂ© 2004, Penedes, Spain, $15. Richer and deeper than most, match this with anything off the grill.
Falesco Vitiano 2004, Umbria, Italy, $10. Strawberries again, with a drizzle of balsamico.
WĂ¶lffer, RosĂ© Table Wine 2005, The Hamptons, Long Island, $14. From Americaâ€™s CĂ´te dâ€™Azur comes this tribute to the original. Crisp, refreshing and juicy.
Clos la Chance, Hummingbird Series â€œPink Throated Brilliantâ€ 2005, Central Coast, California, $14.
Okay, you may not be singing, but this little beauty will have you
humming. It has bracing acidity and just enough fruit to give it lift,
as it were.
Chateau des Gavelles 2005, Coteaux dâ€™Aix-en-Provence, $11.
Leaner than some, this true-to-type southern French rosĂ© cuts through
the summer heat to offer refreshment and refinement with Mediterranean
Here’s to summer!
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