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2014 Anew Rose 

Columbia Valley, Washington

Retail $10

Rose wines look refreshing but they're often more complex than meets the eye. While some pink wines are sweet, these roses pair well with desserts due to the contrast between the dry wine and the sweet food. For this first vintage release from Chateau Ste. Michelle, grapes were harvested following a warm growing season in eastern Washington. In the cellar, a blend of fully ripened syrah (83 percent) and sangiovese (17 percent) fruit was left on the skins for eight hours to extract color, and then the wine was racked into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. In the glass, it offers aromas of red berries and stone fruit, hints of citrus and floral notes. On the palate, taste watermelon, strawberry, fresh red cherry and pear. Drink it as an aperitif or with smoked salmon, ham, pan-seared Gulf fish, pasta bordelaise, sausages, grilled steak and a wide array of cheeses and charcuterie. Buy it at: Robert Fresh Market in Metairie and Rouses on Power Boulevard in Metairie.

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