You know, pink is really not my color.
I currently own two shirts that could be called "pink" - but not really. They're more of a salmon, one muted while the other is bright. People are always surprised to see me in this color, but they almost always call it "peachy" or "pinkish". If I do say so myself, the color suits my warm coloring. Having said that, I look completely dreadful in the baby pinks, & they certainly don't fit my personality. Hmmmm...wonder why.
None of the rooms in my house have any pink in them at all. Not because I hate the color - I don't think I do - but because I seriously don't think I could pull it off. Again, it just doesn't fit me, & it certainly doesn't fit Doug.
Except for when it comes to one thing....adult beverages.
Cosmopolitans? Hell yeah! Now, don't hand me one of those bright red drinks & try to pull it off as a good Cosmo. A good Cosmo is - you guessed it - a lovely shade of pink, & often the lighter, the better!
Yeah, just like that.
I actually make a pretty killer Cosmo when I feel like it. I don't have a recipe, really, I just wing it. Doug's mad for it, as well as many other pink drinks.
He'll proudly drink them in front of the burliest of men. He's so hot.
I'm getting off track here. Cosmopolitans, along with their other frilly pink cocktail friends, did not inspire me to write this. Come now, my friends...you know what did. Just think about it.
That's right! Rose'! I've certainly written about them enough. We just can't get enough of the stuff when the weather turns warmer. Sure, you can drink them year-round, but they never last long in our house. That's a good thing because rose' isn't a wine that can be aged for very long at all. I believe I've said it before that they are the best wine - except for perhaps the sparkly kind - to pair with food.
But hey, I'll spare you my poor attempt to look like I know something special...if you want to know more, check out my friend Danny's blog on making rose'. Now, he really knows what he's talking about...
Now, I'm not just sitting here thinking about pink wine. I'm a sneezy, cramping, sweatshort-wearing mess that's had a long day, so damn it, I'm drinking it. Right now. And it's a beaut.
A bottle of 2007 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence - yes, it's French, I'm a classy one tonight - is a lovely treat & a serious rose'. The color is a bone-dry, pale-but-not-too-pale pink rose' that just makes you happy looking at it. But hey, don't stop with looking! The aroma is light strawberry, & once in the mouth, it's fresh & crisp with some minerality. It's a blend of Syrah, Grenache, & Cabernet Sauvignon, not that it really matters. You'll just sound smart when you're talking about it with your friends at your next barbeque.
We're drinking it solo tonight with our dogs scattered about the room, but my fellow rose'- worshipping pal Lucy said that last year's vintage paired wonderfully with a steak. Mmmmm...I believe her. I think it'll go with just about anything. Delightful, & not too damn serious. It's exactly as it should be - uncomplicated, fabulous, & one of the best porch-sippin' wines you'll find all season.
We picked ours up at the new Whole Foods on Clayton, & I hope you can find yours somewhere near you. You're going to want it, & you're going to want more after it's gone. I know I do, so don't be stupid.
Buy more than one bottle.