Reichsrat Von Buhl's 2012 Pinot Noir Rose

Reichsrat Von Buhl's 2012 Pinot Noir Rose. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / March 21, 2013)

2012 Reichsrat von Buhl Pinot Noir Rosé

On the East Coast, it's still snow and slush. But here, spring has sprung right on time. Cherry and plum trees are covered in blooms. Time for rosé. And here's a terrific one from Germany to usher in the season. Von Buhl winery in Pfalz produces this lovely Pinot Noir rosé. Pale salmon pink, it is crisp and dry, with soft, beautiful fruit and a silken texture.

Have a glass before dinner, or with a light first course of marinated vegetables, a salad, or poached salmon. I'd drink it with pad Thai too.

Region: Pfalz, Germany

Price: About $15 to $17

Style: Dry and crisp

What It Goes With: Vegetable first courses, soups, salmon

Where to Find It: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8464, http://www.hitimewine.net; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co., (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.

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