5@5 - Think pink this summer
June 8th, 2012
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Mandy Oser is tickled pink it's summer.

"I love rosé - nothing says summertime like it to me," says the owner of Ardesia Wine Bar in New York City.

While the weather is warm, take time to stop and sip her five favorite rosé wines.

Five Favorite Rosé Wines for Summer: Mandy Oser

1. 2011 Wölffer Estate Vineyard Rosé
"This rosé is the definition of summer. It’s easy to drink and endlessly refreshing. I think it’s perfect to serve with something off the grill, like grilled shrimp or any kind of lightly grilled and simply prepared shellfish.

Its crisp and refreshing acidity makes it an easy match for many summertime foods."

2. 2011 Tinhof Blaufränkisch
"For something a little off the beaten path, try a rosé made from the Austrian varietal, Blaufränkisch. Red wines made from this grape tend to have a nice rich fruit and a touch of spice, and this rosé has a medium body and a beautiful deep pink color.

For a fun pairing try it with deviled eggs. This rosé will especially complement ones that have a little kick to them."

3. 2011 Domaine du Gros Noré Rosé
"One of the classic regions where you find great rosé is in the south of France in Provence. I adore this rosé; it is very complex and almost savory.

I love to sip it on its own or try serving it as an accompaniment to a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and dips especially when they prepared with fresh herbs."

4. 2011 Bodegas Muga Rosado
"There is no better summer dish for entertaining than a beautiful seafood paella. Serve a rosé from Spain for a great match. This wine will be delicate enough to not overpower the seafood but robust enough to not be overwhelmed by the spices and garlic in the paella."

5. Charles Lafitte, Sparkling Rosé, NV
"I also enjoy sparkling rosés for something refreshing and a little festive. This wine pairs beautifully with many kinds of cheeses and particularly any kind of goat cheese. The bubbles help to refresh your palate after eating something creamy.

Try it with Piper’s Pyramide from Indiana, which is a terrific domestic goat's milk cheese."

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  1. Fitness Events 2014

    Walter good advice. I have actually tried the first wine pretty good.2011 Wölffer Estate Vineyard Rosé not sure if it was 2011 thou.

    January 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
  2. Walter

    My doctor told me to drink red wine and turn off politics

    June 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
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