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What I’m Consuming: Rosé wine

A glass held at a slant being filled with rose wine

A glass of rosé by Samantha from Scotland, via Wikimedia Commons

Reading is fun, but so is drinking wine. So to mix up my What I’m Consuming series, I’m going to talk about rosé.

According to a wine expert I just interviewed for an article, rosé is a great go-to wine for summer.

Wait, you may be saying. Isn’t that what ’80s housewives lounging by their California pools drink?

Nope, you’re thinking of white zinfandel.  Which is different, and to which you have sommeliers’ permission to turn up your nose. There are apparently several other things you should know about rosé, which include that it’s not a mixture of red and white wines (rather, it’s a wine where the grape skins have had a limited amount of time to macerate in the grape juice). It’s also good with barbecue. I’ll be trying it with a white bean panzanella.

So I picked up a Chateau Montaud Cotes de Provence rosé, which clocked in at $12 and seemed like a good entry-level pink wine.

But you don’t have to worry about brands. Just know that I, via my actually knowledgeable source, recommend it. Grab a bottle, pop it in your fridge, take it back out to warm up a bit to the right temperature, and consume a chilled sip of summer.

Cheers and Shabbat shalom!

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Stereos the shopkeeper


This is the best shopkeeper in all of Santorini. His name is Stereos, Greek for “solid.”

Stereos heaped extra figs into our day trip provisions, sold big water bottles for half a Euro, and treated us to an impromptu local wine tasting. “You, speak first. Which one do you want?” He said to me. The varietal options were Dry Red or Sweet Red.

Meeting this bedrock mensch was just one of my adventures in Greece and Turkey this August. (Yes, all went well despite some trepidations). I look forward to sharing more soon.

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Image for the Day: Pickle wine stopper

Pickle wine stopper

Best. Kitchen gadget. Ever. Rivaled only by the box it came in, which asks, “In a pickle about how to preserve your pinot? Well, get this gherkin workin’ and all of your problems are solved!”

It turns out pickles are quite the it thing right now. What’s the dill?

Pickle wine stopper by Fred, available at Trohv. Photo by Rhea.

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