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One of the great benefits of my new job is that I work around the corner from Chamber Street Wines, where I purchased the above bottle of 2010 Clos Roche Blanche Pineau d’Aunis, a rosé from Loire with sediment in the bottle that came highly recommended…a little tight, she said…indeed it blew our minds.

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Always a fan of Txakoli, I was delighted to find a number of bottles at T. Edwards Wines‘ Portfolio Tasting, Italy & De Maison.  But then, when tasting Ameztoi Rubentis 2010,  I was suddenly IN the light, and the angels were singing. A blend of 50% hondarribi beltza, a native black grape, and 50% hondarribi zuri, a local white, this rosé from Ameztoi-Getaria is so  incredibly drinkable and light.  From one of Spain’s smallest D.O. regions, D.O. Getariako Txakolina, the Rubentis is an elegant dance of acidity and fruit. (Around $23 at Astor Wines.)

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Monday morning began in the most spectacular way–with a blind tasting of rosé Champagnes.  Hosted by Hugh Davies, the vintner at Schramsberg, at Bar American, this Napa sparkling wine estate dared to pit itself against the some of the best known producers of rosé Champagne.

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We had high expectations for the Bandol rosé wines sampled at this month’s Imbibe New York Wine Club meet.  After all, for rosé, these wines from Provence don’t come cheap.  The selections we drew were equally surprising–no repeat bottles (of a wine that’s not exactly available everywhere), and the photo above excludes one of the better wines that we savored that night.  Another unexpected, yet consistent element is the alcohol content–13.5% to 14%!  And while the high abv wasn’t immediately apparent in all the wines, a few of the bottles that we tasted were sublime, while others were simply disappointments.

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Brooklyn Uncorked 2010, marks the second anniversary of Imbibe New York! And while yesterday’s event at BAM was the 4th sponsored by Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and East End, it was the 3rd that I’ve attended, and so let me say–this glorious day just gets better with every year that passes.  In 2009, there were 31 (selected from nearly 50) Long Island wineries in attendance; yesterday there were 23.  And believe it or not, we were grateful for the reduction.  It seems to me that the participating wineries were more carefully selected, meaning that all of my favorites (with the exception of Paumanok) were there, offering samples of their most intoxicating wares.

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With tasting assistants, Kelleigh and Jennifer, I visited the North and South Forks to taste my way through the rosé wines of Long Island, for Edible East End.  Read the article in its entirety here.

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This month’s wine club meet was dedicated to rosé, the queen of quaffable summer wines.  And since we were fortunate enough to spend the evening atop a downtown roof (props to Caitlin’s pops!), we decided to open the evening to a few friends, including Keith, the East Village Wine Geek of In Vino and Alphabet City Wines.  Nine bottles from six countries–a brilliant range.  And since none of these included the rosé region of Tavel, I vote to place Tavel atop our next summer’s list. (more…)

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