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Wine Finds: Dry rosé from France’s Rhône and Loire valleys

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Although some believe that rosés are seasonal wines meant for sipping only during the spring and summer, the fact that fall officially begins Thursday is absolutely no reason to stop drinking them. In fact, if you enjoy these versatile pink wines throughout the year, now is a good time to stock up since retailers’ inventories will start to dwindle in the coming months. The following are two delightful French rosés to put on your radar.

Pierre Rougon 2021 Sainte Sable, Luberon, FranceBought • Randall’s Wines & Spirits, 4925 Southwest Avenue, in August for $11.99

Description • According to Tom Stevenson, author of the New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, rosés from Luberon, an appellation in the southeastern Rhône wine region next to Provence, are of better quality than most Provençal dry rosés. This wine is certainly an engaging example. A blend of 56% grenache, 37% syrah and small amounts of white wine grapes roussane, viognier and grenache blanc, it’s an elegant, crisp and very easy-to-drink rosé that tastes of fresh strawberries and ends with a zesty citrus finish. It makes for a lovely aperitif wine or a pair with seafood, charcuterie and soft cheeses.

Thierry Delaunay 2021 Le Grand Ballon, Touraine, FranceBought • Randall’s Wines & Spirits, 4925 Southwest Avenue, in August for $14.99

Description • Le Grand Ballon is an affordable brand of wines created by Thierry Delaunay, owner of Domaine Joël Delaunay and Domaine de la Brossette in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. Le Grand Ballon refers to the popular hot air balloons that pass over the many châteaux in the area. Made from 80% gamay, 15% cabernet franc, and 5% malbec, this rosé is slightly bigger in body and more complex than the Sainte Sable. Tasting of strawberries and other red fruit, it has distinctive notes of cinnamon spice. It would go well with grilled salmon, salade Niçoise and paella.

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