Summer time here in my wonderful state of Arizona is simply just not the time to drink big hearty red wines with big hearty meals. If I was to eat a plate of steak and potatoes for lunch with a Syrah or Cabernet every day I would need at least a three hour siesta!! What most people need in the summer is a wine that goes well with lighter cuisine such as salad and sandwiches.
Take my advice and look no further than rosé and here's why......
1. Rosé is generally more complex than your everyday white like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
2. Rosé has nice crisp acidity and is very refreshing on the palate.
3. Rosé is an under appreciated category of wine so the prices are reasonable.
4. Rose is amazingly versatile with thousands of foods combinations and cheeses. (My wife made grilled chicken caesar salad and the rosé was the most gratifying pairing I've had in at least a year!)
It's important to get over the stigma of drinking blush wines. White Zin has cast it's plunky shrowd over rosé and it's time people expand their palates to the amazing benefits of drinking the most amazing summer wine!
Here's a list of amazing rosé's that you should try:
Etude rosé of Pinot Noir - Carneros
Turkey Flat rosé - Barossa, Australia
Francis Coppola rosé of Pinot Noir- Carneros
Domaines Ott - Bandol, France