Oh you’re parched, you say? I know, it’s been a thirsty little while…But I was doing some major tasting for you, working hard, and writing a lot, with intermittent dips in the pool (or maybe I’ve just been drunk for the past five weeks straight, who's to say). The truth is, I've been underwater - in work and in life, and, as a result, that means swimming in (lucky for you) WINE.
But that's fitting because it’s summer. Officially. And since we're speaking of floating around on a liquid cloud, I have a treat for you! Yep, I’m back with the daily goods, and this wine is a popsicle for grown ups, bottled. To sip this it is to sail away from troubles on a white-grapefruit-and-tea-scented raft. Drifting leisurely and weightless across a shimmering pool you'll go, no destination required. Because when you have this in your glass, you are already where you want to be. Truth be told, I didn’t even use a glass.
I drank this quaffer straight out of the bottle while I did the back stroke in the pool of a 10-bedroom villa in Palm Springs. Look, we all need a little getaway now and then, amiright?
And Palm Springs is just so nice. The perfect close-but-not LA kind of sunshine vibe I needed for a crash session of simultaneously working and lounging (and imagining myself on the French Riviera). Since I couldn't get to the south of France (flights were booked), I started popping bottles. This rosé hails from Provence, the birthing grounds of rosé royalty. And this pale pink peach of a wine tastes like undressing and drinks flat-out delicious. I'd have filled the pool with this stuff if I'd had enough of it on hand. Needless to say you’ll need more than one bottle if you plan to stay hydrated and enjoy a good swim…so drink up: I'M BACK!
WINE: Domaine de Sulauze, Coteaux d’Aix Rosé, 'Pomponette' Provence, France 2015
GRAPE: Party of FIVE: Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Rolle
HOMETOWN: Coteaux d’Aix, Provence – aka South of France, aka land of leisure, lavender, and beautiful people, aka Roxane Mesquida. Google her (or peek below).
TASTES LIKE: you’re drinking sunlight - bright, clear summer sun. Red berry flavors mingle with zingy grapefruit, and there’s a hint of salt that comes in with a breezy waft of fresh flowers.
GOES DOWN EASY WITH: any type of thirst imaginable, from desert-stranded to lost at sea and therefore also all seafoods; plus cheeses, deli meats, cold salads, pool hangs, solo vibes and anything summer. Drink all day long. As if it were water. But better.
EXTRA CREDIT: This wine is unfiltered and farmed biodynamically, alongside ancient grains, olives, and other vegetables that grow on the farm.