Monday, July 9, 2007


Rose' wines are unfairly and absurdly ignored, perhaps because of the girlie connotation of the color pink and the mistaken idea that they are blends of red and white. The association with Zinfandel doesn't help either. But French and Italian roses are not to be missed during the summer. They are dry and on the crisp side, and easy to pair with summer food.

Among the best Italian roses are those from the Puglia region, especially the area of the Salento. A notable choice is Rosa del Golfo. But try the wines from Northern Italy, too, including those from the Veneto and Alto-Adige (Alois Lageder is a good producer).