"Although rosé wines are quite tasty all year round, summer is high season for all things chilled and pink," writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Taylor's been exploring the California dry rosé scene. Here's her report.
Edmunds St. John 2013 "Bone-Jolly" Gamay Noir Rosé ($19.99)
Clear rosy pink, the rich color of wild Alaskan line-caught salmon, not Atlantic farmed. [wink] Good, fresh berry scent, wild strawberries maybe, subtle not overpowering. Fresh and crisp, mouth-filling red fruit and zippy, lemon-squirt acidity. Mouth-watering and delicious, a solid but not overwhelming 13% alcohol. Fine with summer fare from fried chicken to spicy gumbo, or sipped on its own.
"When you look for a nice summer sipper you tend to look for crisp acidity, appealing aromas, and a reasonable price," writes Richard Fadeley. And light- to medium-bodied Sauvignon Blancs are one of his tasting panel's favorite summer quaffing wines. Here's his report.