Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Honey, is there any rosé in the fridge?"

This has become the daily question I can set my watch by. It is spoken about eight minutes after my husband has walked in the door from work. The answer, in case you were wondering, is, "yes."

This year, we stocked up on rosé. We have decided it is the perfect summer wine. It's cold, it's not too sweet, and it tastes good with all sorts of food. It tastes particularly good with Mediterranean dishes. So we enjoyed it with the Greek salad pitas. But we also enjoyed it with the grilled Asian chicken heart skewers and soba noodles. Not so much Mediterranean, and perhaps a Riesling would have been a better choice, but the rosé was just fine. (As an aside, I was amazed at my kids' response to the chicken hearts. They both went crazy for them! Maybe it's because it's the only meat I've given them this week...)

Tonight, the thought of rosé got me thinking more about tapas and antipasti, and the kind of light, refreshing finger foods I enjoy eating when the weather heats up. Alongside my roasted pepper bread salad with fresh garden herbs, I added a simple plate of radishes and well-rinsed salt-packed anchovies (an amazing combination), and then decided to use up a half cantaloupe by wrapping prosciutto around it. I could seriously eat like this every day. I just hope we have enough rosé to keep up. 

I'm fairly serious about staying well stocked in the rosé department. I'm taking note of when and if we run out—we belong to a wine club, and if we don't make it to cooler weather with a couple bottles still to spare, I'll have to order more for next year. My husband and I agree it's a lucky thing we're taking a holiday at the end of July and traveling through B.C. wine country. That should ease the pressure on our dwindling cellar.

In the meantime, I was trying to decide what wine we might want to sip alongside our salmon with salsa verde rice tomorrow. Pinot Noir would be okay, but it's kinda warm for a hot day...don't have any big white wine on hand...I guess we'll have to put another bottle of rosé in the fridge, just in case.

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