Quick note on my California trip: I saw some of the most beautiful country I've seen in my 32 years on God's green earth, and tried 72 wines at 10 different wineries. The details, tasting notes, and explorations of organic/biodynamic/sustainable winemaking will follow in small bits for the next couple of months. Needless to say, at one point I almost called The Roommate and asked her to ship all of my belongings to Sonoma County.
So after a week of California's best, how about a French wine?
Last year I tried the In Fine Blanc, but I never got around to writing about it. (Hey, sometimes it happens. I forgot to take a photo, or lost my notes, or maybe I just felt like taking the night off.) Both the white and the pink shown here hail from southeastern France in a part of the Rhone near Provence. Affordable, delicious grape combinations, and a unique label design that looks like a printing error.
Here's the 2007 In Fine Rosé from Côtes du Ventoux in France. $12, 13.5% abv. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault.
Bright cherry flavors, touch of red apple, round mouthfeel. Lots of forward fruit here, and a body that leans more toward red than white. Served with grocery store sushi, part of an effort to prove that rosés are pretty food friendly with a wide range of ingredients. Ideally you want to serve this on a weekend afternoon, nicely chilled, with some sort of snack after you've completed the yardwork and errands of the day.