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2014 The Beach House Rose 

Western Cape, South Africa

Retail $9-$11

The French lead the rose parade with classic Provence wines still the favorite, Washington state, Portugal, Spain, Austria and other regions are producing in-demand dry, pink wines. This wine from South Africa's Western Cape is refreshing, food-friendly, versatile and value-priced. The late Douglas Green founded the company more than 70 years ago and today it is operated by his son, who is following his father's philosophy of sourcing the best grapes and producing a variety of exciting, reasonably priced wines. Made from 100 percent Pinotage, the lots were sourced from multiple regions. The lots were fermented separately, followed by maturation, then blended before bottling. In the glass, it offers aromas and flavors of red berries, spice, some minerality, red cherry and cranberry notes, with a balanced acidity on the clean finish. Serve chilled. Drink it with: sushi, pate, salad, grilled shrimp, smoked salmon and sticky barbeque ribs. Buy it at: Rouses Metairie locations at 2900 Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Power Boulevard and Rouses on Gause Boulevard in Slidell, and Cost Plus World Markets in Harvey, Elmwood and Covington.

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