2007 El Coto de Rioja Rosado
From: Rioja, Spain
Serve with: Fried chicken, grilled seafood, ham
This bone-dry rose wine from Spain may not thrill those highbrow folks who look down on pink wine, but it's a delicious wine to serve well-chilled outdoors on a hot summer evening. Made from a blend of tempranillo and garnacha, the El Coto offers lively flavors of cherries, strawberries and rosehips with a nuance of Mediterranean herbs. The color is on the deep side of pink - this is no pale rose. But you won't find a trace of cloying sugar. This is one crisp wine.