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A Bonus Bouquet of Rosés From Dave McIntyre

There are so many good rosés on the market these days that it was difficult to single out a mere eight of them for my recommendations in today's Food section.

Here are some that didn’t make that list but are worthy of your summer sipping:

A rosé from Provence is thing to love. (Francois Millo-Interprofessional Provence Wine Council)

Jean Reverdy et Fils Sancerre Rosé “Les Villots” 2008
Loire Valley, France, $20
A rosé of pinot noir, pale in color but strong in acidity, a great match for grilled salmon.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2008
** Great Value
Beaujolais, France, $11
This was eclipsed by the Lucien Lardy Beaujolais-Nouveau “Opaline,” but it has two things going for it: It is probably more widely available, and though it lacks some of the excitement of the Lardy, it is more classic in structure.
Republic National

Coeur de Cep 2008
* 1/2 Great Value
Coteaux Varois en Provence, France, $10
Textbook strawberry-watermelon flavor and aroma, crisp and refreshing for hot weather, especially with salty, savory foods.

Mas de la Dame Rosé 2008
* 1/2
Les Baux de Provence, France, $15
Delicious strawberry and raspberry fruit. It feels sweet but isn’t, really; it‘s full and round with good acidity and perfect for olives and other salty/acidic foods.
Palm Bay Imports, Republic National

Paul Jaboulet Aine Parallele 45 2008
Cotes du Rhone, France, $12
This popular Cotes du Rhone brand should be widely available, and though it might not excite, it certainly won’t disappoint.
Wildman Imports/Republic National

Chateau Grande Cassagne 2008
Costieres de Nimes, France, $10
Orange peel and clove, with cherry and strawberry fruit.
Kacher Selections, Washington Wholesale

By The Food Section  |  June 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Wine  | Tags: Dave McIntyre, wine  
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I'm curious, is it that you can't get domestic roses in DC or just that you didn't like any that you tasted? The first thing I noticed about your list was that every wine on it was European. Living in a wine producing area of California I mostly drink our local stuff so it's interesting and informative to learn about wines from other areas, but I can't help but think your list might be a little unbalanced.

Posted by: esleigh | June 18, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Dave's traveling, so I'll jump in here. The wine column he wrote that prompted this blog entry is the first of two treatments of rose, and its focus was Old World. Next week's is on New World roses, including from California.

Posted by: joeyonan | June 19, 2009 3:14 AM | Report abuse

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