I'm flying through my summer wines, already out of rosés. But I've got a new candidate for house wine: the 2010 rosado or rosé from renowned Rioja producer Bodegas Muga. It's salmon-pink in color, more structured than a typical rosé, has slightly higher alcohol and acidity and, of course, is meant to be drunk young.
A blend of mostly Garnacha (Grenache) with Viura and Tempranillo, Graciano or Mazuelo, depending on the year, it's scented with wild strawberries and cherries. It's dry, crisp, quaffable — everything you want in a summer wine. And it's half the price of some of the more famous rosés from the South of France.
Best of all? It goes with pretty much everything — tapas, crostini spread with tapenade or anchovies, seafood stews, pasta dishes, grilled fish — and it's around at many local wine shops.
Region: Rioja, Spain
Price: $10 to $13
Style: Dry and aromatic
What it goes with: Crostini, seafood stews, pasta dishes, grilled fish
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019, http://www.liquidpartyworks.com; Los Angeles Wine Co. in Los Angeles, (800) 854-8466, and Palm Desert, (760) 346-1763, lawineco.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; San Diego Wine Co. in San Diego, (858) 586-9463, http://www.sandiegowine.net; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, http://www.winex.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.