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AUGUST 01, 2006
2005 Rioja Cune Rosado

Cune_rose It's once again a steaming hot night in Chicago -- earlier today when I got into my car, I kid you not the outside temp said it was 107 degrees. When I walked to my lunch meeting, I sauntered. It was too hot for my normal I-live-in-the-city walk. I felt like I lived in the south; I understood why people in hot climates move slower than the rest of us. You don't want to do anything too quickly -- all you do is end up getting hot and sweaty.

But back to the point. Tonight, for dinner, we made one of our favorite pizzas we find at Trader Joe's -- Maitre Pierre's Tarte d'Alsace, a flat-crust tarte made of ham, caramelized onion and Gruyere. Since it was so hot and we were eating light, we wanted a wine to complement and pulled out a bottle of 2005 Cune Rosado.

It seems like this summer has been the season of rose; it has once again come back in vogue and I'm so glad I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

This bottle, from Spain's Rioja region, initially had a strong sugary taste of sweet, sweet strawberries, almost reflecting its color. But after being opened just a few minutes, the 100% Grenache rose quickly became slightly tart and acidic, with a softened fruitiness that blended perfectly with the sharpness of the Gruyere. And it had some wonderful melon tones.

At only $7 a bottle, it was a steal well worth taking a chance on. You can pick it up from Sam's Wines and if your Spanish is any good, check out the winery's official site.

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