It is still warm outside and you plan to grill. You need a wine that is cool and refreshing and will stand up to the smoky, meaty goodness that your grill master will serve. I would want a Bell Wine Cellars Rosé made from 100% Syrah. Yes, I said rosé. Not all rosé wines are sweet, pink sippers.
Grape juice is clear, the color comes from skins. When making rosé wine, the juice just spends less time on the skins. Therefore the components we get from skins (i.e. color, tannin) are lessened. Think about a Syrah – big tannic red with meaty bacon flavors, strong peppery spice, and deep color. Now take it down a few notches and you can have a version suitable for a warm Labor Day. Even better, rosé wines should be served chilled – perfect for warm weather.
Bell Syrah Rosé is a beautiful shade of red. It smells like smoke, bacon, spice and red berries and blueberries. There are enough tannins to pair with grilled meat but not enough to dry out your already parched mouth. The finish has just a hint of sweetnes, similar to the finish of an Australian Shiraz. Definitely not a watered down sweet concoction. I would recommend it with ribs, bbq, blackened fish, etc. Syrah for 2010 Bell Wine Cellars Rosé (under $20) is sourced from the Sierra Foothills in California.
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