Hurrah for rosé

June 20, 2011

Chateau du Rouet rose /Michelle Locke

Is it wrong to love a wine because it’s beautiful? I’m afraid it is a bit shallow, but I can’t deny my love for rosé wines starts skin deep. There is just something very appealing about wines that range in color from palest pink quartz to vivid cerise.

Today’s wine find, Chateau du Rouet  Reservée Tradition Rosé 2010 has it going on in the looks department. In typical Provencal fashion, it’s a pale salmon pink  and it comes in the region’s traditional curvy bottle shaped along the lines of a bowling pin. I got mine for $15 at the local wine store, although I have seen it for less online.

So much for the packaging. Inside, the wine is 60 percent Grenache and 40 percent Syrah and smells pleasantly of red berries. It tastes fresh, fruity and light and finishes with a crisp aftertaste.A winner with fish, chicken, pasta.

Since the temperature in Berkeley has finally crept above 65 degrees on this summer’s eve, I tried it in the backyard wondering if I could recreate the feeling of being in Provence. It came pretty close, I have to say.

So, that’s one summer task down, a new rosé added to the wine wardrobe.

Tomorrow, I may think about turning off the heat.


Rose amid the rooftops of Nice /Michelle Locke



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2 Responses to Hurrah for rosé

  1. Kim Curtis on June 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I enjoyed a glass of rose while dining outside last night at Slanted Door. My dinner companion sneered. Silly him.

    • Michelle on June 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Good choice! Real men drink pink. Just ask Mr. Vinecdote.

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