This Saturday afternoon I attended a tasting of Rose wines held at Le Du Wine shop located at 600 Washington Street. They poured twenty two wines. Rose are your typical Summer wines, not heavy but refreshing with just enough body to make them interesting though I think the flavor profiles are limited. Personally, my go to wine in the hot weather is dry Lambrusco. Cold, fizzy, and goes down easy, the perfect Summer sipper.

At the tasting they poured mostly French wines with some North Americans and a couple of Italians thrown in.

From Long Island I tried the 2011 Channing Daughters Petit Verdot and the 2011 Croteaux Merlot 181. I have been to the Croteaux vineyard out east. All they produce is rose in various blends and the backyard tasting room is very rustic and scenic.

From Italy they poured the 2011 Domani Marengo Negromaro (Puglia) and the very good 2011 Pertimali Rosato di Toscana (100% Sangiovese). Some of the French I enjoyed were the 2011 Olga Raffault Chinon (Loire), the 2011 Lucien Crochet Sancerre (Loire), the 2011 La Coste Rose D’Une Nuit (Provence) and the 2011 Lafon Roset (Bordeaux). From Cali I liked the 2011 Bedrock Ode to Lulu Mouvedre (Sonoma).

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