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Dozen Rosés a Hit

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, February 17th, 2006 at 11:19 am in Uncategorized.

Could there be any better combination than art and wine? Yeah, I guess there IS wine and Reese’s pieces. If you haven’t tried it, you must.

Anyway, art and wine works for me because, with time, they can both be exponentially rewarding. The longer you spend with a painting, the more you notice the intentions of the artist, however understated, much like a smooth Bordeaux, or deliberate, like a big Aussie cab. Those of you at last week’s sold-out Dozen Rosé event know what I’m talking about.

Not only are pink wines hot hot hot right now, but about 150 of us got to swirl and sample some of the industry’s best while viewing the "The Kennedy Years" photo exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek: There was baby John Jr., dressed in the same christening gown his father wore years before. (P.S.: The chocolate-dipped strawberries weren’t bad, either).

Among the 12 wineries, Lang & Reed and Roederer Estate were buzzing the most. I kept going back for more of the latter’s 1999 L’Ermitage Rosé, not only because it was $72 and most of us would never pay that for a rosé, but because of its lasting fruit tart taste. It also tasted really good with smoked salmon, which was flowing all night.

Bonny’s Doon’s Big House Pink was a hit, though that’s nothing new. The surprise of the night (you ALWAYS learn something new at a wine event) was the Susana Balbo, which is made from Torrontés, a Northern Spanish varietal I’d never heard of. Recent DNA testing reveals its origin as a hybrid of Muscat and Criolla Chica, better known as the Mission grape.

Don’t you just love art?

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  • Ed Jose

    You’re doing great work…Keep it up..

  • Julie

    It was nice talking to you at this event. Glad to see you got your blog up and running. I look forward to reading it.