This is a dry rosé made in California, from the sangiovese grape; the same grape made famous by Italian wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The wine is a clear, light tawny cranberry color. It has nice minerally aromas with hint of fruit. Peach-strawberry fruit along with chalky minerality on the palate. A clean flavor with plenty of acidity, with a bit of butteriness to add fullness on the end-palate. Short finish.

Food pairings: mild cheeses and plain dishes from quinoa to fish.

WHO: Pope Valley Winery

WHAT: 100% Sangiovese

WHERE: Napa Valley, California

HOW MUCH: $22 (MSRP; media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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