Okay, okay. I'm on a bit of of a rose kick right now. But when friends request a rose tasting, who am I to refuse, especially when they agree to pair them with tapas. Many of the wines I picked I had tasted at the Solo Vino pink wine tasting but I also wanted to try something new. So off to Byerly's Wine Shop where I spied this little number. The label caught my eye and then the wine consultant in the store started to rave about it. I was hooked and couldn't wait to try it.
Charles and Charles 2009 rose is a collaboration between Charles Smith of KVitners and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves, both of Washington state. This wine is a knock out and was the favorite wine of the evening with flavors of strawberry, raspberry, a little black pepper and even citrus on the back of the palate. It's dry and refreshing and perfect for a summer evening. But you better get it now as once it's gone, it's gone. And at only $12.99 a bottle, it will go fast.
And by the way, this group of friends noticed that almost all of the wines tasted better after they had warmed up a bit. Not room temperature, but not straight from the fridge. Just let it warm up for about a half hour after you pull it out off the ice or out of your chill chest (to quote Alton Brown.)