RAISE A GLASS

The Galloway News - - Food & Drink - WITH JANE CLARE

OH my, it has been so hot for a few days but now it’s mis­er­able and wet. The dog is re­fus­ing to step out­side the door in the rain; and just days ago she re­fused to go out­side in the heat. She’s not hav­ing a good week!

For me though, it’s been grand. I’ve en­joyed some pinks and some pink fizz. All for you, ob­vi­ously.

Pinks are the way to go in the sum­mer, but add a bub­ble or two and I’m a bit of a pushover. I popped open Vi­lar­nau

Rosé (£12, Tesco) and hoped the wine in­side would daz­zle as much as the la­bel.

This is a cava, cre­ated in a win­ery close to the bustling city of Barcelona. The cava’s la­bel rep­re­sents the lo­cal art­form of “tren­cadís”– mo­saics cre­ated from bro­ken crock­ery and tiles, used by artists such as Gaudi.

But we’re here for the wine. It is cre­ated from gar­nacha and pinot noir grapes and both de­liver their sig­na­ture notes in this cava.

On a hot, hot, day, we sat in the gar­den and savoured its aro­mas of roses, straw­berry and rasp­berry and rel­ished the creamy re­fresh­ing sip.

An­other day in the sun; we poured Rosa di Santa Tresa 2019 (£12.99, or £10.99 in a buy six deal at Ma­jes­tic). It’s an or­ganic wine from Vit­to­ria in the south east of Si­cily. It is made with an even split of hand-har­vested Nero d’Avola and Frap­pato grapes – a sure sig­nal that much care is taken in the cre­ation of this wine.

Both grapes are widely used in Si­cily and they bring with them the depths of flavours that a sun-soaked re­gion de­liv­ers.

The wine is dry, with an el­e­gance of red fruits. It’s not a flirty fly-by-night kind of rosé wine. I ven­tured into New Zealand for an­other pink of­fer­ing, that of Left­field Hawkes Bay Rosé 2019

(RRP £13.75, Waitrose). This is a smash­ing wine, and I poured a so­cially dis­tanced glass for a friend who agreed with me. The la­bel writer de­scribed it as “ju­bi­lant and ex­citable” notes of straw­berry, cran­berry and rasp­berry, which I liked, so I’ve re­peated it here. The fruit def­i­nitely isn’t back­ward in com­ing for­ward.

A new wine to th­ese shores is Le

Météore Rosé (RRP £15.50, or six for the price of four at do­maine­dume­te­ore.com). This French wine is a shy blush­ing pink and flirts with red fruits, a dash of cit­rus and a lit­tle pop of white pep­per.

The grapes – cin­sault, grenache noir, mourvè­dre – grow in a stun­ning vine­yard in the Langue­doc which has a me­teor crater at its heart. Hence the name of the wine pro­ducer – Do­maine du Météore – and the wine!

■ ALSO IN MY GLASS… I like a nog­gin of gin and Aldi isn’t shy when it comes to its se­lec­tion. The In­fu­sion­ist Lemon Sher­bet Gin Liqueur (£9.99) and The In­fu­sion­ist Straw­berry &

Marsh­mal­low Gin Liqueur (£9.99) are flash­backs to my sweet shop days (apart from the al­co­hol of course).

The lemon gin shiv­ers with sher­bet flavours and is tasty on its own with a crunch of ice. The straw­berry is oh-so-sweet and will be a crowd-pleaser for those who en­joy their tip­ples with that in mind. Chin chin! ■ Jane is a mem­ber of the Cir­cle of Wine Writers. Find her on so­cial me­dia and on­line as One Foot in the

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