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Desire May/June 2019

The Blush of Spring

Founded by two long-time friends, Arnot-Roberts has dedicated their winemaking style to natural, single vineyard bottlings from California. This stunning rosé, made mostly of the Portuguese grape, Touriga Nacional, generously offers bright flavors of summer melon, citrus, and strawberry. Thirst-quenching and energetic, it’s the perfect year-round rosé. $28. VerveWine.com

The ruby red Brachetto from the provinces of Asti and Alessandria is sweet, creamy, and delicate, with all the flavors of summer strawberries picked from the fields. Braida Brachetto d’Acqui 2017 is both cheerful and seductive, making it an excellent partner for berry and chocolates desserts and for sweet afternoon sipping. $25. Wine.com

It’s hard to believe that the deep color attained in Cristiana Tiberio’s Cerasulo d’Abruzzo comes from the juice mingling with the skins for only 20 minutes. Made of Montepulciano grapes, the wine is a stunning pinkish-rose color with bright aromas and mouth-watering flavors that remind one of fresh red cherries and little red berries. $48/bottle, $12/glass. Pizzeria Monzu, monzulv.com

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena 2017 is a joyful wine with vibrant acidity and the ability to pair well with just about everything. Its light, sparkling, and lively froth offers up red cherries, a basket of strawberries, and hints of violets and ginger. Hailing from Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, Lambrusco definitely deserves a spot at the table to celebrate spring. $18. Wine.com

The luminous color of a coppery antique rose is as pretty in the garden as it is in a glass of a charming Ferrari Perle Rosé. The sparkling wine, from the Tretino region of Italy, is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and comes through with racy-fresh red berry flavors and hints of sweet almonds – extraordinarily appealing for everyday and celebration. $66. Wine.com

The soft, pale, pink tints of Gerard Betrand’s Cotes des Roses releases aromas of summer fruits and rose petal notes and celebrates the Mediterranean lifestyle. Coming from the Languedoc region of France, this blend of Grenach, Syrah, and Cinsault offers an easy-drinking, rosé-all-day mindset captured beautifully in a bottle with a custom-designed base in the shape of a rose. $12. Total Wine & More.

Triennes, a reference to Triennia (the festival for Bacchus) was held every three years during Roman times and “Tri” serves as a reminder of the three original partners who came together to form Triennes and wines of Provençe. The light, shimmery hue of this 2017 rosé is a perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon, offering the harmony and elegance of crunchy-fresh flavors of field strawberries with exceptional depth, leading to white flowers and vanilla. Available at Spago (by the glass); NoMad Pool (3 liter), Bin 702, $19. VerveWine.com

Mumm for mom. Fresh and fruity, rich in texture, G.H. Mumm Rosé Champagne’s intense, salmon-pink hue comes from the red wines of the renowned and highly sought after Grand Cru vineyards of Bouzy, which are added to the blend. This energetic wine luxuriously captures the light and elegant bubbles for joie de vivre moments. $50. Lee’s Discount Liquor.

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