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Mouthwatering Salads and Vegetable-Friendly Wines

Most people can confidently pair wines with seafood, meat or pasta—but pairing wines with salads can put even an avid wine drinker into a quandary. With the warm weather upon us, salads are about to take up more room at the dinner table. If you are stumped about what wine to serve with your salad, you’ll be pleased to know that many wines lend themselves beautifully to this more often than not underappreciated course.
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2009 Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé – Red Hills Lake County, California

This intriguing rosé started with three days skin contact, followed by a very slow three-month fermentation. Progression on the palate is fascinating, as if the wine changed from white to red from attack to finish. It opens with a great acid streak and the tiniest fleeting hint of barely ripe peach before immediately switching to the red flavors. It starts lightly with strawberries, faint at first then growing, getting sweeter and darker, evolving into cherries, which linger. I drank this the day after it was bottled, in a courtesy tasting with General Manager, Craig Camp, and the new full-time winemaker, Jeff Keene. Once the wine recovers from the beating it took it will only get better.
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2008 Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé – Central Valley, Chile

Clear with medium intensity, darker and deeper than many rosés, somewhere between rose and cranberry juice. Just shy of being incredibly aromatic, the youthful aromas jump out. Included are grapefruit, citrus, lemon, cherry, strawberry, a little vegetal, and floral. A dry wine with medium-high acidity, body, and alcohol. Flavors include cranberry, sour cherry, lemon, green apple, pineapple, and a little bell pepper! Each sip leaves your mouth watering making it very refreshing. For more wine notes and writing, visit Ryan’s blog oe•no•phile.
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2008 Domaine André Neveu Sancerre Rosé

Pale, clear, salmon pink with some golden tinges. Clean, grass, banana—carbonic maceration is used in Sancerre to produce rosés—tropical fruit, grapefruit, fresh, apple, pear, tangerine. Dry, medium-light body, medium acidity, pear, apple, lemon, strawberry, cherry, soft red fruit and a medium finish. Read more wine reviews on my blog, oe•no•phile.
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Make sure to stop and smell the rosé

Ahhh rose: A wonderful wine driven to exile in many domestic markets due to its striking visual similarity to the much sweeter White Zinfandel wines. That being said, it’s probably true that even if white zin were actually white, Rose would still have a tough time breaking into the young male demographic. I mean, let’s face it… the only reason white cranberry juice even exists is so that men will order “camouflage cosmopolitans”. Plus, I’ve sat in quite a few power dinners. When you’re a young professional surrounded by the would-be cast of Mad Men with their two fingers of small batch bourbon and 48 gauge churchills, you don’t want to be the guy who orders 6oz of pink grape juice. I’m just sayin’…