Drink the Pink

Summer’s come early this year, it seems, so you may be in the market for something a little “cooler” to go with your evening meal. Rosé is an excellent choice. They’ve got a little more “oomph” than many whites, so you can use them with any number of foods, but they’re still very refreshing when you’re in the midst of a season when you feel a twinge in your head and wallet any time you hear your a/c compressor kick on.Glass of rose

Les Jamelles Cinsault 2005 — Strawberry fields forever! Cinsault is best known as a French blending grape. France actually plants more cinsault than cabernet sauvignon. As for this wine, light and fruity to the nose, Les Jamelles is much more on the “white” end of the rosé spectrum. The taste is very much like a sauvignon blanc — a little citrusy and a lot of strawberry. It finishes with a little crisp bite on the back of your tongue — like you’ve finished a really good grapefruit. Perfect for sitting by the pool, or with a light fish or chicken dish.

Muga Rioja Rosé 2005 – Riojas are classic Spanish reds made from mostly the tempranillo and garnacha grapes. Riojas tend to be big, fruity wines, and a made from those grapes follows that lead. This winery’s name splits neatly into two syllables that tell you all you need to know about this wine’s flavor: Mu-Ga — Melon/Grapefruit. Once the wine warms up a bit (you do not want to drink this ice cold) — the initial scent of this one is a ripe melon. This stays with you through your first sip, but the wine widens to a grapefruity taste, and then stays just on the sweet side of strong citrus through the taste. If you’ve got any kind of pork or jerk chicken, go with this one.

Folie a Deux Ménage a Trois Rose 2005 — The sweetest of our selections. I’d tried some of the other Folie a Deux blends (and they’re from Napa, not France) — and I’d enjoyed their red and white. This rosé had a marked berry nose, but tastes like strawberries and peaches (minus some sweetness) when quaffed. The finish is much less sharp than the other two, making this the quintessential pool wine. If you’re laying out during the rest of the summer, chill this down and bring it out when you lay down — let the sun warm both you and the wine a bit before you start drinking. You also could also pair this with some grilled shrimp if you wanted.

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Certainly two to look out for - I just need some sun and the ‘quintessential pool’!