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July 2014

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Everything's Coming Up Rosés

As wine director and co-owner of two hip vino spots—Lower King’s Bin 152 and Elliotborough’s Chez Nous—Patrick Panella knows good wine. Here, he shares his favorite refreshing rosés


Under $20
Lioco Indica Rosé
Mendocino County, California, 2013
“This unpretentious wine was born when its makers were trying to decide what to do with some old-vine carignan. Made in the French Provençal style, it’s bone dry with notes of rose petal and orange on the nose and lime and watermelon on the palate. It pairs well with Chez Nous’ fish stew, but it’s also perfect all by itself.” Available at Bull Street Gourmet, $19

$20-$49
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Provence, France, 2012

“I haven’t had a drink in 12 years, but if I still drank, you’d find me sipping this wine all summer long. It’s an amazing mid-priced rosé from one of the most respected producers in Bandol. The salmon color is typical of its origin, and it pairs well with the Mediterranean food of its region.” Available at Southern Season, $45

$50 and up
H. Billiot Fils Brut Rosé

Champagne, France
“We sell quite a bit of this to Bin 152 regulars who appreciate its great value. Salmon in color with notes of red cherry and pear, it is reasonably priced for Champagne and perfect for drinking either before dinner or on its own. It’s also excellent with caviar.” Available at Avondale Wine & Cheese, $67

 



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Photographs courtesy of (Lioco) Lioco Wine, (Domaine Tempier) klwines.com, & (H. Billiot Fils) bestwinesonline.com

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