From: Rissian River Valley, Calif.
Serve with: Grilled salmon, fried chicken, crabs
If you associate pink wines with sweetness, this wine could come as a surprise. It's a classic dry rose, bordering on severe but very stylish and crisp. It's a perfect wine to serve well-chilled on a summer evening on the deck or patio. It offers lively flavors of cherry, strawberry and rosehips and a distinct mineral character. Its elevated 14.5 percent alcohol is well-masked by the fruit but could creep up on the unwary because one glass will lead to a desire for a second, etc.
--Michael Dresser, The Baltimore SunCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun