Thursday, September 25, 2008

Indian Summer = Rosé Clearance

Sorry for the hiatus - back to work, back to school, etc. got this Savvy Sommelier distracted from spreading wine goodness via the blogosphere.

Last I wrote about Rose = Clairet = Summer Perfection. As we transition into autumn, I'll continue with that theme with a set of savory specials - all intended to evoke memories of your summer, while we experience the warmth of early fall in N. CA.

Bodegas Muga is from Rioja in Spain. Their 2006 Rosé is a blend of tempranillo (Spain's signature red varietal) and garnacha (known as grenache in France and other parts of the world). It is pale pink in color. On the nose I experience aromatic redcurrent, strawberry and even some pink bubble gum (yup). The fruit is complemented by a dusty warmth that evokes a warm Spanish evening. Dry and on sale at Savvy Cellar for only $10.40. (90 points by Stephen Tanzer)

Slowine is one of my favorite new finds. They are from Elgin in the Overberg region of South Africa, east of Cape Town. Similar to the slow food movement, Slowine's philosphy is " . . . to remind us that so much of what is important in life happens in the moments "in between", when you aren't "doing something."" I invite you to stop for awhile and enjoy their 2007 Rosé. It is pinot noir - bright Salmon pink in color. I get ripe strawberries and cherries on the nose. A harmonious wine with sugar and acid in balance. Crisp and refreshing on the finish. I would serve this with roasted or bbq meats, root vegetables or even a light curry dish. On sale for $12.

Closer to home is one of my favorite California wineries, Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. They are dedicated to producing great Rhone varietal-based wines. Their 2007 rosé is an artful blend of mourvedre, grenache and counoise. It is pale red. Musky red berry and pomegranate aromas are complemented by baking spices and herbs. This is a food loving wine that is the perfect way to transition to the fuller, richer, earthy and stewed foods of fall. And a perfect sign-off for this blog post! On sale for $20.80.

For more background and serving tips on rosé, check out "Not Your Mama's Wine Cooler".

Stop by Savvy Cellar if you'd like to sample these or other great fall wines in person.

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