Anyone who visits this Wine Wednesday blog or reads any of my wine columns in City Weekly
or elsewhere knows that I'm a big-time Rosé lover. And normally, I tend to veer towards the Rosé wines from the South of France, especially Provence.
But there's a Rosé from South Africa - a very affordable one - that I also like a lot. It's particularly perfect for quaffing in warm weather, perhaps at a 4th of July barbecue or picnic, for example.
Farview Goats Do Roam Rosé
($8.99) - a witty play on France's Côtes du Rhône - is sort of a training wheels Rosé wine. Even folks who eschew wine generally can find something to love in this quaffable, strawberry-hued juice.
It's a blend of red wine grapes that you'd normally expect to produce an intense, tannic wine: Shiraz, Grenache, Gamay Noir and Mourvèdre. But that's part of the fun - and one of the winemaker's challenges - in producing Rosé: knowing precisely when to take the juice off the grapeskins. It's a decision that determines everything from the color and intensity of the wine, to the tannin structure and wine's texture. For the low price, Goats do Roam gets it right.