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vieille ferme roseIf you don’t live in Southern California you might not quite relate to this. But it’s mid-March with temps in the 80’s and I’m already feeling like Rosé. There is no harm in dreaming about summer; here’s a beverage to assist the reverie.

This is not the most aromatic wine on the shelf but with aeration it shows cranberry, lemon and is especially flinty (sulphurous, like a burnt match) for a Rosé. On the palate, lemon and more flint with bracing acidity and a long, tangy finish. There is a hint of residual sugar, just enough to keep the wine in balance and give the mouthfeel a little weight. Simple, straightforward and refreshing.

A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes from the slopes of Mount Ventoux in Provence, this is exactly what cheap Rosé should be.

Rosé really is a fine everyday food wine and for the price this one hits the spot.

From the large Southern Rhone producer Perrin & Fils.

Back in the day, summer meant the Beach Boys. Here’s a clip from 1964, the year I attended my first rock concert, featuring the Beach Boys.

Score: 87

Price: $9 but often much cheaper

Alc: 13%

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