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Toast your valentine with rosé-colored glasses


   What's the proper role of wine at Valentine's Day? The Gaylords described it
nicely back in the '50s:
   From the vine came the grape,
   From the grape came the wine,
   From the wine came a dream to a lover.
 What’s the proper wine for that lover’s dream? proper wine for that lover's dream?
 It's pretty. It can smell like roses. When well-made, it tastes of red fruits from
strawberries to raspberries to cranberries. Like romantic relationships, it ranges
from soft and sweet to crisp and tart.
   Rosé’s reputation was down for a while, as too many California winemakers made sickly sweet “blush” wines and “white zinfandels,” and some Spanish winemakers made their  rosé sweeter for the U.S.
Those days are gone.
Today's rosés tend to be crisp, tart and intensely fruity. They're made of red
grapes … zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, gamay … with skins removed hours after crushing for that pink hue.
   Rrosés fall somewhere between white and red wines in style, so they go with many foods. They're great picnic wines, with sandwiches, chicken, tuna or fruit salads. In Provence, they're drunk with bouillabaisse; in Spain, they're popular with paella. They go
with ham … pink meat, pink wine. Makes sense.
   And they're made as sparkling as well as still wines. So what could be more romantic than toasting your Valentine with rosé?

   ø‚Nonvintage Roe
derer Estate Brut Rosé
sparkling wine, Anderson
Valley, Calif.: lots of lively
bubbles; floral aromas, tart
cranberry flavors; $27.
   ø‚2008 Bonterra Rosé, Mendocino County,
Calif. (organic sangiovese,
zinfandel and grenache
grapes): aromas of red
roses; intense, tart red
raspberry and cinnamon
flavors; long finish; $13.

   ø‚2008 Beringer
White Zinfandel, Calif.:
lightly sweet; ripe straw
berry aromas and flavors;
   ø‚2007 Remy Pan
nier Rosé  d'Anjou, Loire
Valley, France (caber
net franc): tart cherry
aromas and flavors; full-
bodied; $12.50.[PARA]
   ø‚2008 Mas de la
Dame Rosé du Mas, Les
Baux de Provence,
France (grenache,
syrah, cinsault): red
berry aromas; dry black
cherry flavors; full-bodied;
   ø‚2008 Mouton
Cadet Bordeaux Rosé,
France (merlot, cabernet
franc, cabernet sauvi
gnon): aromas and flavors
of cranberries and miner
als; very dry; $12.50.[PARA]
   ø‚2008 Marques de
Caceres Dry Rosé, Rioja,
Spain (tempranillo, garna
cha): dry, rich and crisp,
with intense tart cherry
aromas and flavors; $13.50.[PARA]
   ø‚2008 Marques de
Riscal Rosé, Rioja, Spain
(tempranillo, garnacha):
crisp and dry with intense
red raspberry and
cinnamon aromas and
flavors; $10.[PARA]
   ø‚2008 Louis Jadot
Beaujolais Rosé
(gamay): tart cranberry
and mineral aromas and
flavors; crisp and dry;
light-bodied; $11.50.[PARA]
   ø‚2008 Red
Bicyclette Rosé, Vin de
Pays d'Oc, France (syrah,
grenache): light, tart,
 crisp, with cherry and
spice; $9.[PARA]



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