If you know me at all, you probably know damn well that I view warm weather and lazy days as just another good excuse to drink pink. Even before it became trendy, I was proud to say that I loves me some Rosé.
And really, let's get real here, when I think pink, my go-to country is most definitely France. Provence? Delicious. Bandol? C'mon - ridiculously good. And today, my friends, I'm hitting the Pyrenees and heading straight into the Languedoc.
I just popped (er, screwed) a bottle of 2011 Domaine Begude Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé. For $13, this is a screaming deal of a wine, and it's made from 100% Pinot Noir. The nose is brilliant for a hot, sunny day in the backyard. Fresh strawberries and, dare I say, watermelon Jolly Ranchers on the nose (and I mean that in a good way), a bright, palate cleansing acidity on the palate with tart strawberry and a generous minerality (hey, it's from the Pyrenees for crying out loud), and a long pomelo-esque finish really make this wine wonderful for food. It'll easily stand up to salad dressing, but give it to me with fried calamari, thank-you very much. Or just goddamn quaff it down during your bocce game.
If you can't find Domaine Begude - don't fret. Find a good wine store and ask them to point you to their favorite French Rosés. You really can't go wrong. Or, hey VinoRadio is here to help. And also here, for that matter.
Did I mention I loves me some Rosé? Have a great weekend.