Summer calls for cool, crisp wine and lots of it, at an affordable price. This rose from Bandol definitely fits the bill. In the glass, it's the color of pink rose petals, yet this is not the simple wine it might seem. Tightly woven and nuanced, it's not a bit sweet, has a beautiful clean finish and a subtle perfume of raspberries. And with that lovely color, this is such a pretty wine nobody would ever guess you can find it for less than $10.
Serve it very cold with just about everything. And be sure to lay in enough to last through the summer.
About $12. Available at Wine House in Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731; Wine Country in Signal Hill, (310) 597-8303; Malibu Wine & Cheese in Malibu, (310) 456-2924; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (714) 650-8463; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; (800) 76WINEX; and Full of Life in Claremont, (909) 624-3420; as well as various Bristol Farms markets. If you can't find this wine, have your local retailer call the importer, Pacific Coast Wine Marketing, (800) 619-7776.