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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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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