NGW: Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rosé 2011   6 comments

It’s August and the heat is on. 

I not gonna mess around this week with some crazy story from a past life.  It’s too darn hot.   And when the weather is sizzlin’ hot, as the song goes, Mr Adam for his Madam may be not, but with a few sips of today’s wine, you’ll be all about Snap Backs and Tattoos before you know it!

snapbacks and tatoosSo do as we do.  Get to your local wine merchant– check out their rosés and bring a few home.)  And if you see today’s NGW, get two of them.)  Ring up some friends.  Start up the grill.  Stay up late.  And if you all end up howling the words to Hotel California together at one in the morning (that never happened),  call in sick.   You’ve earned it (and the work will still be there on Monday morning)!

Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rosé 2011 ($12).  A pale salmon pink that is scented with summer fruit orchard and roses with a bit of earth stirred in, this has what you want out of a rosé– strawberries with a touch of mid-summer watermelon.  Balancing acidity and a hint of minerality on the finish.  Built with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mouvedre; but made to quench your thirst with friends on hot August days.  Rated **1/2 

The little guy in the photo at the top of this page doesn’t have a guilty bone in his body.  Neither should you.  No-Guilt Wednesday (NGW) is not about compromising on quality.  It’s all about drinking good wine that does not break the bank ($15 or less), eating good food and of course, it’s about sharing with the ones you love.

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Posted August 2, 2012 by Sybarite Sauvage in No-Guilt Wednesday

6 responses to “NGW: Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rosé 2011

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  1. I have two rosés in my fridge, as we speak: a mean and serious rosé from the Alpes de Haute Provence area, more specifically, a Pierrevert (from D. La Blaque), and a beautiful little Gauillac rosé (D. des Terrisses). The Gauillac is $11 and absolutely stellar, – right up your NGW alley. Cheers!

  2. Good call…summer is pink wine time…some decent stuff here in Long Island, too..

    • Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring– there is no reason not to be in the Pink all year round!

      So, have you come up on the Putney Farm take on the LI Ice Tea?

      • Agreed. But still a hard sell for some, particularly when in California. Out here it is local/populat..

        As for Long Island Iced Tea, probably our last post on the trip! (but a very boozy drink…)

      • Yes, but that is where education come in.

        And of course there are those who won’t drink pink wine because it is perceived as somehow too feminine– “girly wine”!

        BTW, if you get a chance to try the Frederick Magnien Rose (from France, not LI), do so. Opening with the smell of horse crap, you think, no way will I like this. But then those gorgeous strawberries emerge. A good rose in any season.

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