Wine: Robust rosés
“The rosé world is vaster than most people realize,” said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. As pink-wine season rolls in again, one welcome trend is the rising availability of rosés rich enough to stand up to grilled steak. Often made from exotic grapes, “they’re for people who want pink wine with muscle.”
2016 Idlewild ‘The Flower’ ($22). An Italian-inspired rosé from Northern California, this “super juicy” blend of dolcetto, barbera, and nebbiolo is perfect with salumi.
Bonavita Terre Siciliane Rosato ($23). Two of Sicily’s native grapes combine forces in this “spicy,” rub-colored rosato from an up-andcoming vintner.
2014 Annona Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo ($30). Italy’s Abruzzo region and its montepulciano grapes produce the world’s darkest rosés. “This one seduces with wild strawberry scents and flavors.”