With the summer heat in Virginia, you could often use a good bottle of refreshing rosé. But the important question may be: with the summer heat in Virginia, can they make a good bottle of refreshing rosé? Paradoxically, answering yes right now may have to do with the fact that the 2011 vintage – the current release for most rosés – was rather cool in the Old Dominion state and that winegrowers were chasing maturity late into the season, meaning they got grapes with good acidity and not too much sugar. The 2011 rosé from Boxwood Estate winery is certainly showing a freshness and a balance that will do well on warm summer afternoons. With its delicious red berry flavors and lightly savory undertones, this expressive wine did wonders with a recent dinner of homemade pizzas eaten out on the deck. More please, especially at that great price. Highly recommended. RC

WHO: Boxwood Estate Winery
WHAT: Rosé blend – merlot (46%), cabernet franc (35%), malbec (19%).
WHERE: Loudoun County, Virginia
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $14

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.