Or, should that be a Riesling and three Rosés?
Our favorite for the season is the 2000 Trimbach "Cuvee Frederic Emile" Alsace Riesling. Minerals, flowers, very dry, delicious, citrus notes. $27.00 from Beacon Wine, a new supplier when my old favorites ran out. Drinking beautifully now. 4*+.
NV Vin du Bugey Cerdon Sparkling Rosé Alain Renardat France. Folks say this needs to be very young to be wonderful. I found a bottle yesterday in my cellar -- a forgotten orphan -- that must have been five years old -- it was delicious -- frothy, fizzy, strawberry essence. Can't wait to try a good one! :-) 4*. [There's supposed to be a magic Lot Number somewhere on the label, but mine was as well hidden as the DaVinci code -- so I just drank and enjoyed and forgot about thinking.]
2005 Ch. Valcombe Rosé Cotes du Ventoux France. $18.00. Wonderful bargain from one of the best QPR vineyards I know. Vert dry, made by Paul Jeune. Not sure ofthe blend but the vineyard which I've visited has 60 year old vines of Syrah, Roussanne, Carignan, Grenache, Ugni Blan, Cinsault and Bourboulenc -- galets at 1000 feet on the slopes of a beautiful mountain. 4*.
2005 Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé Provence France. $18.00. Get a good dose of history with a wonderful dry Rosé -- this property was founded by the Knights Templar. Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Delicious. 4*.