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>> this food-friendly rosé. Dry and del­i­cate, when chilled it’s a great ac­com­pa­ni­ment to sum­mer fare on the pa­tio.

There are still those who want some sweet­ness in their pink stuff, and the Henry

of Pel­ham 2013 Rosé ($13.95 – win­ery and LCBO) de­liv­ers with a twist: it starts with a lovely berry bowl of sweet cherry, straw­berry and rasp­berry, but fin­ishes dry so you’ll want to keep sip­ping to keep quenched.

Fi­naly theres Flat Rock Cellars

2013 Pinot Noir Rosé ($16.95 – win­ery and LCBO). I found this one pre­sents quite the di­chotomy — if I could not see the colour, I’d be hard pressed to pick it out as a red or a white. It has the earthy straw­berry of Pinot Noir with a grape­fruit zest fin­ish; lots of fun, play­ful and won­der­fully pleas­ant. ROSÉS FROM ABROAD: When talk­ing about se­ri­ous rosé, it’s hard not to men­tion the south of France Wine­mak­ers there just seem to know how to do it right, and when they have been do­ing it right for so long, it’s hard not to turn to them when you need that per­fect sum­mer sip. Two come to mind here, and both other $13 (which begs the ques­tion: how do they do that?):

Remy Pan­nier 2012 Rosé d’An­jou ($12.95 – LCBO) is re­fresh­ing and lovely, with its berry bowl of fruit and flavours that equals pure sum­mer­time re­fresh­ment in a glass. And it’s pretty to look at, too.

My other choice in the Fench rose depart­ment is the Ogier 2012 Cote du

Ven­toux Rosé ($10.95-LCBO.) This one is drier than the Remy, more del­i­cate, and al­most light­weight, but it packs flavour from the tip of the tongue to the fi­nal swal­low.

Sum­mer is too short to drink bad wine, be­cause then you have to go in­side and find an­other bot­tle, and who re­ally wants to give up time out­doors?

So en­joy your sum­mer … and if you have any ques­tions feel free to email me. I’ll get back to you when I come in­side.

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