Wine review: Bieler Sabine Rose 2007

I don’t understand why the experts say rose is only to be enjoyed in the summer. What’s wrong with rose in the middle of winter, when the days are short, the nights are long, and it’s too cold to do much except complain about how cold it is?

Hence the Bieler (about $12 at Whole Foods), which is classic Provencal rose. That means some fruit (strawberry and watermelon in this case) and still bone dry — a style of rose that all should aspire to. It as far removed from white zinfandel as possible.

One caveat: The alcohol is a bit high for a rose, around 14 percent. It didn’t seem to be a problem, but that may be because the wine has aged a bit. If it was younger, it might be more noticeable.
Chill this, and drink it before dinner. Or serve it with roast chicken, almost any kind of chicken breast preparation (chicken-fried chicken breast, anyone?) or seafood.


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