A pretty pale pink rosé from Cassis, a tiny port on the Cote d'Azur (have soupe de poissons and a bottle of rosé for lunch there.) Domaine du Bagnol has a long history in the region, but under winemaker Jean-Louis Genovesi, it is producing some stellar whites and rosés.
Now's the time to start laying in summer rosés before the good ones are all gone. And the 2010 Domaine du Bagnol rosé should be at the top of the list. Made from a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this Cassis rosé is bone dry and has a delicate bouquet of wild strawberries and a taste of red berries.
Perfect as an apèritif or with grilled fish, steamed mussels, fish soup or even a roast chicken.
Price: Under $25
Style: Dry and fragrant
What it goes with: Grilled fish, mussels, fish soup
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; John and Pete's Fine Wines and Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; and K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.comCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times