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2010 El Coto Rioja Rosado 

Rioja Alavesa, Spain / $14 Retail

This lively, crisp and refreshing rose has a moderate alcohol content and is good for quaffing at barbecues and outdoor events. A blend of equal parts Garnacha and Tempranillo, the wine was macerated with the skins briefly to extract color and flavor prior to cold fermentation and vinification in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, the bouquet bursts with aromas of red berries, cherry, melon and floral notes. They are followed by watermelon, strawberry, lime, raspberry, mineral notes and hints of white pepper on the palate. Serve it well chilled. It's a versatile food wine that goes well with savory paella, pasta, curries, baby back ribs, grilled chicken and sausage. Buy it at: W.I.N.O. Drink it at: Roux on Orleans, W.I.N.O and Houston's on St. Charles Avenue. — Brenda Maitland

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