GAMBIT-Wine of the Week: Whispering Angel

2011 Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose – Cotes de Provence, France.
$16-$20 Retail

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.