May 23, 2007

Tasca d'Almerita 2005 Sicilia Regaleali Le Rose, about $9

If I had to settle for a single wine to pour for my backyard barbecues, it'd be a pink one. Not too light, in case it scares away those in doubt of their masculinity; not too heavy, or it won't provide refreshing relief from the heat. Something such as Tasca d'Almerita's Le Rose is perfect.

Made from a grape called nerello mascalese grown in Sicily, the wine is fragrant as a rose, with plenty enough strawberry flavor to stand up to a grilled steak.

And yet, it's light enough to drink on its own, whenever you wish you could be on a Sicilian beach.

Imported by Winebow, New York

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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