Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Find June 17

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

Lovely weather, or even rumors of lovely weather, has got me reaching for wine that is bright, cool and refreshing. Wines with pleasing acidity like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or Chablis all get the job done, but above all else, the feeling in the air suggests rosé. There are rosés of many styles and varietals from all over the world; you can get sweet, tart, off-dry, bone-dry, rich, and more - whatever your palate desires. The other fantastic thing about rosé? It pairs beautifully with a number of dishes, is relatively low in alcohol and seems to hold up longer in the fridge than most wines. We are in the midst of rosé season here, folks - don't miss out. One beautiful bottle that just screams summer is the 2010 Trust Cellars Rosé from Walla Walla.

This wine is made from Cabernet Franc and offers up a plethora of pleasing aromas and a simply summery mouth-feel that will leave you feeling cooled and satisfied. There’s fruit like pineapple and cantaloupe, floral freshness of white flowers, sunny liveliness of fresh cut grass and herbs. Sip on it alongside sushi, bbq ribs, gazpacho, tacos or anything really. You’d be simply silly to pass it up. It retails for $17.99.  The Trust Rose can be found at many wine shops in the Seattle and Portland areas.


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