April 26, 2006

Jaja de Jau 2004 Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé

OK, I'm sorry, I know I recommended a rosé just three weeks ago.

But this is the thing: It's spring! Finally we don't have to wear 16 layers of clothes. We can leave the windows open and let the breeze come through. Firing up the grill doesn't require finding the snow shovel first. And we can hang out in the backyard while our burgers sizzle.

This calls for celebration. This calls for pink wines. Great rosés share the best characteristics of reds and whites: They have dry, mouth-filling red fruit flavors as well as vibrant, refreshing acidity. And that color lets the sun in even when it's raining out. To start the season right, pick up some jaja - French slang for good, simple wine - like Jaja de Jau's syrah-grenache blend. Its spicy cherry-raspberry flavors go down easily, especially at this price.

Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports, Harrison, N.Y

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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