We are now in June/July and Rosé season is here! But fear not, we can still drink Reds year-round.
A couple tips on serving wine like a pro: two useful tools for around $10.
First, ditch the rabbits, CO2-powered wine openers and every other gadget that takes up way too much space. Do as the waiters and Somms do with a simple corkscrew. Heck, buy 3 so you have one in the kitchen, living room, and in your weekend bag. Ones from Murano are great and easy to open with (available on Amazon).
Avoid spilling on your table with neat pouring by using reusable wine pourers from Vacu Vin (also available on Amazon).
Outside of nice wine glasses (and maybe something to decant that too tight bottle), this is all you really need to be a practical “gearhead.”
In the theme of Summer, let’s move along a spectrum with this month’s picks from Red to Rosé.
Still Not Ready to Leave Red Pick:
Le TelQuel, Pierre Bonhomme 2018 ($17)
This wine is a blend; mostly Gamay, with a bit of Côt and Pinot Noir, and a cute dog on the label from Loire Valley, France. Deep red fruit like black cherry and earthy tones. Low alcohol and recommend serving slightly chilled. Great for standing up to meats on the BBQ and folks who still want reds but want to balance it with a less heavy wine and something appropriate for warmer weather.
Is It Red or is it Rosé Pick:
Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Terre Siciliane 2017 ($28)
Red? Rosé? Why not both. This Nerello Mascalese from Sicily made by a Belgium wine maker is the gateway wine into delicious and satisfying world of natural wine. Bright fruit like pomegrante and orange zest. Kind of effervescent like lightly carbonated Hawaiian Punch. This wine goes with everything. Drink it with an open mind and be converted.
Get to the Rosé Already Pick:
Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rose 2017 ($20)
Okay. Real Rosé. This stuff is delicious and from the Basque Country in Spain. It’s made from a mix of red and white indigenous grapes and is bottled with a little residual carbonation to give it a light spritz. It is “fresh” but layered with candied red fruits and a lime infused edge which makes this one interesting.
Enjoy. Glug glug!