By Lawrence B. Johnson
The dog days are upon us. Time to lap up some cooling summer wines – whites and rosés to accompany a picnic or simply to enjoy, to sip for their own mellow rewards.
Let’s start with a clutch of blushing rosés, all three of which happen to be from the south of France. If there is a place in the wine world that prides itself on rosé, it is Provence, where the cuisine and the warming sun of the Southern Rhône Valley create an ideal setting for these salmon-pale refreshers.
Haut de Buisson Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017. The blend here is definitive Côtes du Rhône: 40 percent each of Grenache and Syrah plus 20 percent Cinsault. And typical of rosés, the Haut de Buisson is comparatively low in alcohol at 13 percent. Rose petal and mango flavors mingle in this quaffable wine, which the producer recommends as an accompaniment to barbecue. Excellent idea. It has the depth and acid frame to stand up to hearty backyard fare. ($15)
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