Monday, July 14, 2008

The Stink About Pink

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.

11 comments:

LucyinStLou said...

Love the Chateau Revelette! It's flat out delicious. Oh, and I'm dying to try your cosmos now as long as you don't think they'll put me under the table.

Jennifer said...

Pink is my color girl, in clothes and drinks! =) Happy monday!

Steve & Stepher said...

Oh, this sounds so divine. I need a new wine and if you say this is perfect for summer, then I believe you.

I'll look for it in my neck of the woods even though I'd much rather hop on over to Clayton.

Claire said...

Lucy, it does rock, doesn't it? I remember when we had it that one time. So very, very good. And the cosmo? Remind me - if we're not drinking a lot of wine, you should be ok.

Jennifer, is there such a thing as a happy Monday?

Stepher, if you can find it, get it! I think it'd be great for the southern heat.

Jenn said...

Ohh - Like Jennifer, I'm a pink girl through and through! Drinks, clothes, decor...the list goes on and on!

Claire said...

Jenn, I think my mom wanted me to be a pink girl, but instead I'm more of a red one. Various shades, of course, but pink usually doesn't factor in too much. I like pink, I really do, but it's generally not what I'm drawn to. Well, except for booze.

Kristal said...

I'm with the Jennifers...I love me some pink!

And on that note, I had the Menage a Trois rose' last night and I really liked it. Not too sweet, not too dry...just what I like. But don't expect me to go into details about the aroma or acidity and all that - I just know I liked it! ;)

Mo said...

Oooh, I can't wait to have a good dry rose tonight. I'll be in search of this one. (Although, sadly, we don't get a great selection of French wines out here.) I think it may have something to do with the heavy California wine influence in most of our distributers.

Sheryl said...

Love cosmopolitans!! The ones at Aya Sofia are particularly good!

Steve and Stepher said...

We are attending a wine tasting next week and I'm hoping they have this in stock to purchase.

In your honor in just a moment I'm going to open a lovely bottle we picked-up on our way through STL back in May. I'm terrible w/names but I believe it's from one of the wineries in Hermann. I'm sure it's probably way below your standards but I enjoy it quite a bit. I'll post the name...

One last thing -- your comment re: dresses on Lucy in St.Lou. I can SO relate, that's why I've taken to wearing items like this:

http://www.barenecessities.com/SPANX_product_SPANX1000P_,size,.htm

No. More. Chafing. YEAH!

Sarah said...

You really must try the Grape Ranch's Frozen Rose sometime. They even make it in a home version now. You just freeze the bag for 7 hours or so, cut the top off, pour it in a blender, and you too can have a Frozen Rose of your very own! I wonder if you could order the stuff and have them send it to you...
Check out www.graperanch.com