Hip, Hip, Rosé!

This week has left me pummeled by the cedar pollen.  My taste buds are crying for some relief.  Fortunately, I did get one good wine-tasting in before my ability to discern anything took a dive.  Thanks to the fine folks of Central Market for showcasing a lovely little Rosé on Wednesday-Chateau L’Ermitage.  Priced at around $10-12, this blend of Syrah, Mouvedre, and Grenache is one of the best Rosés I have had.

Dry, complex, with a touch of red fruit, this Rosé has a really clean finish.  Not to mention, it is pretty to look at.  Some Rosés seem to have a bit of a bite at the end; not this lovely.  It drank like a bottle twice its price.  If you are north of the Mason-Dixon, it is unlikely you’ll need relief from the warmer reds anytime soon.  Lucky for you, they have the same blend in red.

Try pairing the Rosé with a pork dish- I am thinking it would be great with the tenderloin I made earlier this year with herbs, roasted peppers, and goat cheese.  As the weather warms, it would be great with BBQ.  The red blend would drink well with some gruyere or other semi-strong cheese, lighter pastas, or game.  You could go in many directions; just pair it as you would other medium-bodied reds.

Think of Chateau L’Ermitage as the perfect sweater.  It is a bargain and it fits so well, you buy it in two colors. That way you have one that goes with everything.

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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

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