Cirelli 2012 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Fun label and easy to remember! It gives an obvious clue as to the first flavor of this wine.

Fun label and easy to remember! It gives an obvious clue as to the first flavor of this wine.

What a great picnic wine this would be…light, lemony and low alcohol, plus a screw-cap! I shared this wine with my neighbors by the pool on a warm evening. Between the three of us it disappeared quite quickly, and frankly, I did not get enough!

With pale gold color and very light on the palette, it bursts with crisp lemon acidity, but so NOT tart like sauvignon blanc. So much smoother and refreshing! It’s made from the Trebbiano grape, which is the most grown white varietal in all France and Italy.

You will probably have to find this this in a wine shop. I paid about $15 at The Wine Country in Signal Hill, CA. Hope you like it, cheers!

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Hogwash 2013 California Rosé

Hogwash wine label

Very distinctive label and easy to spot on the shelf! Excellent marketing technique. The wine is paler than it appears in my picture.

Now who can resist picking up this bottle from the shelf?? Not even me, who prides themself against silly labeling. Plus I loved the pale salmon pink color of the wine, which was so much paler than my usual French rosé.

Right off, I must tell you that this is a deliciously bone dry rosé. For me, the nose included hints of lime and herbs, and on tasting, I got some strawberry and minerals. Very light, refreshing and delicious! Perfect for the summer.

This wine was made from 100% grenache, so it’s different from the usual blend of grenaches and mourvedres, and even pinot noir rosés. I purchased mine at Cost Plus World Market, and it was about $14. Hope you can find it before they run out of this yummy wine! Cheers~

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Santa Barbara Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

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One of the prettiest labels in the grocery store, and easy to spot. I wonder why they picked the bird of paradise flower though?

I hadn’t had this wine for many years so I decided to try it because it was on super sale at the grocery store. I remember thinking I didn’t like their chardonnay style, so I had always been hesitant to try it.

The color was somewhat pale for a chardonnay, the color of yellow straw. This wine was a medium weight with tropical flavors of pineapple. I might even say there was  brightness to this wine, but not an excessive amount of citrus.  It had just a touch of oak which helped balance what citrus was there.

I think this would be a really great pairing with white fish, and light chicken dishes. This wine was a steal at only $11.89 price with a club card. Not sure I understand Von’s price point here though…normally priced at $16.99. Glad I opened my mind up so I could try this great value wine! Cheers!

 

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Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé 2013

label for villa des anges rose

This is a beautiful label but I didn’t get close enough to do it justice.

I love the color of this wine…so pale salmon pink! And it was made from 100% Cinsault! Usually you see Rosés that are a blend of cinsault plus other varietals like syrah and grenache. Also, the grapes were from 30-40 year old vines from the Languedoc in Southern France.

Really liked this wine A LOT. Very light, one of the lighter and drier rosés I’ve had in a while. On the nose you get the typical strawberry and herbs. Upon tasting, I got a faint bit of citrus and some spice in this light-bodied wine. So refreshing and perfect for the warm weather we are having!

I purchased this at a wine shop, so that is probably where you will find it too…and only $10! A votre santé!

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Liquid Farm 2013 Rosé Mourvedre, Vogelzang Vineyard

Liquid Farm label

Happy Canyon is part of the Santa Barbara AVA. Have enjoyed many wines from this happy area!

I wrote about the 2012 vintage of this wine last summer…and said “we drank it so fast I hardly wrote any notes”. And it happened again for this vintage from 2013! Gosh it is soooo drinkable! A bit more than a value wine for me at $24 (from a wine shop), but worth every penny!

Right away you get herbs and strawberries on the nose. Taste was crisp and bone dry. Yum! Shared this with neighbors last night and barely have a glass worth left for me tonight, sigh.

This rosé is mostly Mourvedre like last year’s wine. Our California rosés are so different than the French ones. And I think this Liquid Farm elixir also seems lighter than other domestic roses made from pinot noir grapes. I seem to like all of the ones I get from Happy Canyon though! Cheers!

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Jill Hammer Rosé of Pinot Noir Monterey 2013

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Could only put a bit of wine glass in photo. Love this label! Simple, obvious and elegant.

What better way to celebrate spring than with one of the first rosés of the year? And with a delicious one to boot! This wine is fairly pink, a rosé made from pinot noir from the Central Coast of California. This is produced by a small winery and only 292 cases of this elixir was produced. Buy some, OK? They donate a portion of each bottle sold to a breast cancer fighting organization.

It is very dry, with some strawberry on the nose and a combo of watermelon and citrus on tasting. This would be a great picnic wine choice, as it has a screw cap and would go with lots of different kinds of food. Did I mention it was delish??

Big shout out to Laurie at Wine Country in Signal Hill for recommending this wine to me! They are just starting to get their 2013 rosés, so if you are in the area of Long Beach, CA you should check out their supply.

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