Nothing Blue about Pink Monday

Spring is in full swing, the temps have been rising but your price point doesn’t have to to get a great bottle of wine. It’s been a while since I’ve covered Monday wines. The truth is, I haven’t been drinking as much. If I have, it has been on the weekend, thus Weekend Wines. Saturday was Ladies’ Day. Mani-pedis with my daughter and sister, a little shopping, a little D’Lites. Naturally that put me in the mood for pink. We popped into our local Whole Foods and I asked my wine-guy for his current favorite Provencal Pink.

Domaine de la Sanglière Cuvée Spéciale is 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 100% delicious. Pale salmon and lively in the glass. Bright, floral, subtle red fruit and a bit savory. Crisp and easy. It was everything I was wanting. I went back the next day for two more bottles for our family barbecue. It may be this summer’s go-to at around $11.

About ten days ago I’d received some Kosher wines from Israel for Passover. My first experience with wines from the region; it won’t be my last. The Galil Mountain Rosé* is a blend of 74% Sangiovese, 23% Pinot Noir, a splash of Grenache grown in the Upper Galilee mountains. The vineyards and the wine both undergo minimal intervention believing that “it’s nature that rules.” Winemaker Micha Vaadia promotes sustainability and has made wine all over the world.

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The artwork on the label is lovely. The wine pours just as beautifully. It is striking, the color of ripe watermelon. Red fruit dominates, zesty and herbaceous, this wine is a pleasure to drink. Balanced acidity keeps you coming back for more and at $12 a bottle, you can. We had the wine as an aperitif but with the body and fresh palate, it could be paired in many ways. If you find it, try it.

Grenache Rosé is growing in popularity here in Texas and with good reason. This is the second sampling of Mont Sec Rosé* that I’ve tried and I loved it just as much as I remembered. Llano Estacado sent me three of their pink wines and this was the stand out. 100% Grenache from Mont Sec Vineyards, this wine is super fresh. Tart red fruit, fresh, easy to drink and pair. I’ve only found it for purchase on their site($14) but I believe it is in restaurants as well.

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Three unique regions, hues, and taste profiles. All accessibly priced. All sure to turn your Blue Monday deliciously pink. Cheers!

*{I received these wines as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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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.

3 thoughts on “Nothing Blue about Pink Monday

  1. yes yes yes!!! love everything about this post!! 1. love Provence rose and I feel like in the US it’s so much more pricey than in France, so thank you for the reasonably priced rec. 2. love grenache and grenache rose!! 3. haven’t had a ton of Israeli wines but always looking for something better for Passover, so will have to hunt this down as well. THANK YOU for the awesome post 😀

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