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City Slicker Farms BBQ (and Rosé)

As we mentioned in our Modest Monday post earlier this week, it's a great time of year to bust out the rosé.

Last week, I attended the 2nd Annual Baywolf Back Alley BBQ benefitting City Slicker Farms (more about them later). Knowing that I was going to have smoked chicken with potato salad and grilled veggies, I grabbed the 2010 Tablas Creek Rosé from the fridge and headed to Baywolf.

All you have to do is look at the Tablas Creek Rose’s vibrant crimson hue and you want to drink it. Comprised of the Mourvedre, Grenache, and Counoise, this southern Rhône styled blend from Paso Robles delivers flavors fresh strawberries, followed by rich mid-palate of watermelon, and a minerally acid driven finish.  It was way tasty, fun to drink, and a perfect party wine for a summer BBQ .

Available in several Bay Area wine shops for between $24-29, the Tablas Creek is a pricey rosé. And yes, for about half of the price or less, you can have an equally enjoyable experience with an actual southern French rosé. One of my favorites this summer is the 2010 Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Corbières Rosé. Here the blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Grenache fills the palate with flavors of raspberries and dried herbs which are followed by a minerally dry finish.  It's another way tasty and fun to drink rosé, but this time it’s only $11 a bottle at The Wine Mine in Oakland.

Now back to the real stars of the evening, City Slicker Farms.  Helping low income to turn their yards into sustainable farms, City Slicker Farms educates the people of West Oakland feeding their minds and bodies. Their efforts are forever changing the landscape of West Oakland and the lives of the people they touch, making them my #1 recommendation!

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Thanks for the post - also might want to check out Alemeny Farm, too :

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSFChomper

Thanks for the 411 Alemany Farms!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean Bisch

Real men do drink pink!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXandria

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