2011 Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose – Cotes de Provence, France.
With the prospect of backyard barbecues adding more heat and smoke to the humid atmosphere this Fourth of July, it’s the perfect time to cool off with a crisp rose. This French bottling blends grenache with less than 10 percent each cinsault, syrah, mourvedre and rolle (aka vermentino, an Italian white grape also grown in Provence). The medium-bodied wine offers subtle aromas of melon, red berries, pink grapefruit, dried floral notes and a hint of spice. On the palate, taste vibrant strawberry and raspberry, citrus and a pleasing minerality leading to a dry finish. Serve chilled. Drink it with grilled salmon or picnic foods such as deviled eggs, burgers, fried chicken and ribs. Buy it at: Bacchanal, Langenstein’s in Metairie and Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Restaurant August, Emeril’s, La Petite Grocery, Windsor Court Hotel, Cafe Amelie, Katie’s Restaurant, Ste. Marie and Chateau du Lac Bistro.