The Six Wines You Should Have on Hand Right Now

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Rich Rosé

Many people are talking about drinking up all of their rosés because the rosé season is coming to an end, along with car season, sunscreen season and T-shirt season. Everything we use in the summer is strictly seasonal, right?

Of course not. Rosé wines can and should be enjoyed year round, particularly when they are made in a richer style. The wines are food friendly and fun to drink, not to mention ideal for enjoying during the cooling hours of a late summer sunset.

Two to Try:

2011 Waterbrook Rosé of Sangiovese $12

This is an absolutely delicious rosé, packed with zesty fruit in a modestly rich style that is perfectly balanced for pairing with lightly spicy foods.

2011 Fincas Las Nubes Rosé

You might not think of Malbec as a great rosé grape, but it produces a nice, meaty style with richness and complexity.

 

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Wines to Have On Hand Right Now

1.
Tenuta Costa Lahnhof Pinot Bianco Alto Adige (2010)
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2.
Domain Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace (2009)
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3.
Faiveley Montagny (2009)
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4.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay (2009)
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5.
Waterbrook Sangiovese Columbia Valley Rosé (2011)
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6.
Finca las Nubes Rose Cafayate (2011)
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7.
Deponte Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (2010)
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8.
Cantina Terlano Pinot Nero (2010)
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9.
Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carmenère (2009)
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10.
Apaltagua Rosé Central Valley (2011)
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11.
Cortesia Prosecco Frizzante (NV)
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12.
Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano (NV)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 150

    Red wines are terrific year round. Very few of my friends drink any white wine or at most very seldom. Perhaps it is because we all are over 50, when stronger flavors are appreciated more fully.
    steve

    Aug 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM


  • Interesting that you spoke of Terlan's (Terlano) red when their whites are what they are know for. Quarz - sauvignon is killer. People that don't find depth and character in whites aren't picking the right wines.

    Aug 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM


  • My go to summer wine this year has been 2011 Muga Rosato.

    Aug 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  • Steve, no offense, but there are some terrific whites from the Far West Sonoma Coast that are stunning, like the Peay Chardonnays which cellar very nicely, develop in the bottle, and are quite complex served at the right temperature. Not fruit bombs, but beautifully balanced - a real mouthful.

    Aug 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM


  • This dull piece and its red v white thread afterwards, illustrates perfectly, that what matters is what you like, and not what people suggest you like.

    Aug 30, 2012 at 4:49 AM


  • Snooth User: Al Faison
    196612 154

    Catboots. . . Ravenswood has a Vintner's Blend Zin for about $10-$12. A little step up, they offer a County Series Zin for about $18. Both are Great!

    Aug 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM


  • Snooth User: frenchie1
    393608 510

    Perhaps you should try some brut champagnes or sparkling wines to avoid the sweetness you claim you do not care for in sparking wines. Prosecco is not where I would go to avoid sweetness, just perhaps less fizzle. On the contrary, I find sparklers quite exciting due to their effervescence and their crispness and elegance.

    Sep 04, 2012 at 7:27 PM


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