summer roundup.

Because it still counts as summer when its 80+ degrees outside! Here are a few things I obsessed over the past few months.

1. Rosé, obvi.

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June started out perfectly. A week on Martha’s Vineyard; a tasteful rehearsal dinner to commence, a beautiful wedding to follow, and a relaxing stay to round it out. Many glasses of wine were had. There were two wines, in particular, that I enjoyed the most.

Whispering Angel & Jolie Folle – Under $20

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2016 Caves D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose Cotes de Provence

Grenache, Vermentino, and Cinsault blend
Trendy! Light salmon pink in color. Smells like: red fruit, orange zest, floral, and white pepper. Dry with refreshing flavors of blood orange and red currant.

2015 Jolie Folle Rosé IGP Méditerranée Provence France

Grenache and Cinsault blend
1 LITER! Pale pink in color. Balanced pallet, bright and aromatic. Tastes like wild strawberry, watermelon and white-fleshed fruit.

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July was its own kind of special. This bottle of sparkling rosé was fireworks and then some.

Lucchetti Special Spumante Sparkling Rose

~$18
Vintage: NV
Region: Le Marche, Italy
100% LACRIMA
Smells like: white peaches, strawberries and flowers. Bright and vibrant. Dry but with a full, rich mouth feel. Clean and crisp acidity on the finish.

 

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Fast forward to September when I stumbled upon another gem of a rosé. I picked this one up and didn’t realize what was on the bottom of the bottle until I popped it open! The base is the shape of a rose, created by a designer from the Ecole Boulle (a fine arts college in Paris). SO COOL.

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Languedoc Rosé 2016

~$15
Grenache, Cinsault, & Syrah
Soft, pale pink. Smells Like: summer fruit, cassis and red currant. Tastes like: Roses, grapefruit, and candy. Refreshing!

2. Grape(Red)Vines

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The amount of Grape Red Vines I’ve consumed, thus far, is no joke. I accidentally ordered a case of these instead of a single package! Not even mad. These are fun for dessert or meal if you just cant put them down. Like the original Red Vines, these are also hollow.. so, yes they make perfect straws. I have yet to find the best wine to slurp through these. And no, these will not turn your poop purple if you eat too many.

3. Books!

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These ladies are my muses.

Wine. all the time. – Marissa Ross
Great read for fundamental wine knowledge with a lot of personality. A very relatable approach to sharing her experiences with wine. Down to earth, non-elitist. FUNNY!

The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine – Hillary Zio
Everything you need to know about pursuing any and every career in the wine industry. Hillary candidly recounts her experience in restaurant, retail, and wholesale positions. She gives you trade secrets and honest advice that will help you find your place in the world of wine.



Until next time.

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