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• Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2008 (Stellenbosch, South Africa), $11: This South African jewel has a ruby pomegranate color and is the perfect warm-weather choice for hearty red wine lovers. Aging in 100 percent stainless steel accentuates its bright acidity as well as flavors of strawberry, cherry, and peach, with a hint of pepper. Unlike its red sister, this rosé-colored cabernet sauvignon is not meant to be aged once it is bottled and should be enjoyed within three years.
• Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc 2008 (Sonoma County, California), $22: The grandchildren of the highly regarded Caymus family winery created the Belle Glos label in an effort to make award-winning pinot noir from California. This rosé has cranberry and raspberry flavors with a hint of vanilla from its fermentation in French oak. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold is donated to breast cancer research.
• Charles & Charles Rosé Volume II 2009 (Columbia Valley, Washington), $13: A big wine for a small price, this rosé is made by “2009 Winemaker of the Year” Charles Smith and rosé wine connoisseur Charles Bieler. Flavors of tart berries, melon, and lime linger on the palate, while aromas of strawberry shortcake and rose petals entertain the nose. It’s a delicious choice for enjoying with cheese during a warm evening outdoors.
• Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah 2009 (Colchagua Valley, Chile), $15: This creamy, rich wine has all the characteristics of a loud syrah—including the typical spiciness and tannins—but with the volume turned down a bit. Smooth and easy on the palate with flavors of strawberries, roses, and orange peel, the Montes Cherub pleases both red and white wine drinkers. The winemaker recommends consuming within two years and decanting before drinking.
• Cantine Riondo Pink Prosecco Raboso NV (Veneto, Italy), $10: Sparkling wine can be pink, too! Cantine Riondo’s dry Italian prosecco is crisp and tart, with bubbles that tingle the tongue. Predominant flavors of sweet cherries and fresh strawberries make this wine—which pairs well with a dinner salad or veggie dish—a crowd-pleaser.