MIAMI HERALD- Wine: the best of the best of the best

by Fred Tasker
My favorite tasting at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is always the “Best of the Best,” in which some of the world’s top wineries show off their…well…best stuff.
There’s always something new, something exotic, something fabulous. Here are some of my favorites from this year and the stories behind them:
2007 Chateau d’Esclans “Whispering Angel” Rosé, Cotes de Provence, France (grenache, rolle, cinsault, syrah, mourvedre): light and dry and lively, with intense tart strawberry and cinnamon flavors; $19.
Sacha Lichine, owner of Chateau D’Esclans, runs in lofty social circles. At a dinner party on the Riviera, he met Denise Rich, a socialite who was setting up a foundation to fight cancer in memory of her daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who had died of leukemia.
Rich talked Lichine into donating wine for a charity dinner on her yacht in St. Tropez, and he sent his “Whispering Angel,” feeling it appropriate.
How did it get its name?
“We have a chapel at our chateau with two angels at the altar. One time I heard them whispering to me.”