Welcoming and friendly like a hug, this wine’s only downside is that it’s far too easy to drink. An elegant, off dry sipper of wild fragrant perfumed strawberries and spicy dried sage and thyme. Cabernet franc, merlot and sangiovese knit seamlessly into a round, silky palate of blue plums, ripe cherries, raspberries, rock roses and sweet cinnamon on the finish. Generous and elegant, the ideal partner to your chèvre, cured salmon and cherry compote.
A lazy afternoon with friends and a delicious local cheese board? Nothing wrong with that. The only thing you want to keep in mind here is cheese’s salty side, and the need for a wine that’ll lap it up well. Enter La Stella’s 2014 LaStellina (Okanagan Valley, B.C.; $19.19, LaStella.ca), a delightful local pink crafted from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sangiovese that’ll shower you with strawberries, red currants, white pepper, and delight.
A rosé made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, with the Merlot and Cab Franc made using the press method and the Sangiovese using the Saignee method (by bleeding the grapes) to attain a more concentrated Sangiovese. The wine has a touch of residual sugar, making it off-dry’ish. There is a lovely, round softness to it, and a sense of sweetness but you come out of it clean on the finish. It might be cool to go for the bone dry wine, but this is a treat with that touch of sugar, that much like a great Alsacian Riesling, will surprise and delight. Enjoy it one its own on a hot summer day or use that RS to your advantage and pair it with a dish with a touch of spice.