Rosés are the ideal wine for sum­mer meals.

Grand Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Michael Pinkus

FOR ME, the back deck, wine and sum­mer mu­sic go hand-in-hand. I’ll show you what I mean: Sum­mer turns me upside down Sum­mer sum­mer sum­mer It’s like a merry-go-round. - Magic, The Cars Of course, the real merry-go-round was last win­ter — at times it felt like we’d never get off. The good news is, I’m pretty sure sum­mer is now here, though I won’t be putting the heavy jack­ets away till late-July, just in case. End of the spring and here she comes back Hi, hi, hi, hi, there Them sum­mer days, those sum­mer days – Hot Fun in the Sum­mer­time, Sly & the Fam­ily Stone Back when I was younger, sum­mer meant no more school, base­ball, iced tea, and play­ing out­doors till the street lights came on. These days, many things have changed: I find my­self watch­ing base­ball in­stead of play­ing it, I don’t have school so sum­mer is not re­ally an “off” pe­riod. But what has stayed the same is en­joy­ing a bev­er­age out­doors. Sum­mer breeze makes me feel fine Blow­ing through the jas­mine in my mind. – Sum­mer Breeze, Seals & Croft

These days the glass is not filled with iced tea. Noth­ing beats a chilled glass of wine to make a weekend af­ter­noon feel right or an al fresco lunch com­plete.

And this year, more than ever, rosé seems to be the way to go.

Al­though there’s noth­ing new about pink wine, the way it’s be­ing made these days is more se­ri­ous in style than those pink sweet­ies of yes­ter­year when White Zinfandel was all the rage. Sure, you can find some with a touch of sweet­ness, but many are made to have a dry fin­ish that re­freshes the palate in­stead of weigh­ing it down with su­gar. Best of all, they pair very well with food. Here are some good choices to fill your glass with this sum­mer. And we’d bet­ter make the most of the hot weather, es­pe­cially this year.

In fact, maybe we should set­tle in and sing along with Nat King Cole: Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of sum­mer…

ON­TARIO ROSÉS Start the weekend off right with some­thing that sparkles. The 2011 Château des Charmes Brut

Rosé ($28.95 – at the win­ery and LCBO) is a great place to start: crisp, clean and re­fresh­ing with just enough of a straw­berry cherry mix to keep you sip­ping along hap­pily. Those who want south­ern France style but wish to stay lo­cal should head down to Malivoire in Beamsville to pick up the new 2013 Moira

Rosé ($21.95 – win­ery only). Those fa­mil­iar with Malivoire’s Lady Bug Rosé (which is al­ways de­light­ful) will want to wrap their palate around >>

Michael Pinkus

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