Think Pink for Spring 

Dry Rose' review

Ten years ago, there were only three or four dry rose choices, and you had to beg people to try them. Now they are one of the hottest tickets in town, practically flying off the shelves. Dry roses work well in all seasons, but some of the first to hit our market were from the south of France, where they know something about beating the summer heat. Today, the choices are more diverse, and this week's picks prove that with representations from three different wine regions.

2013 Adelsheim Rose, $17.99

This bright pink wine hails from Oregon's Willamette Valley and is appropriately made from that region's premier grape, pinot noir. The aromas are a heady blend of strawberry, lime and spring greens. It's a charmingly elegant rose with creamy, ripe berry flavors up front that are nicely balanced by tangy citrus. It's great on its own or with food.

2013 Azulejo Rose, $7.99

From a region nestled along Portugal's Atlantic coast, this wine is a blend of an Iberian native grape, camarate, and cabernet sauvignon. It's a vibrant, rose petal-colored wine with a touch of spritz when first poured. The aromas are light but lovely, combining soft strawberry and clover. In the mouth, there are hints of fresh and fruity strawberry punch, backed by ripe citrus. This wine shows very light acidity (typical of camarate), but is still refreshing. This is a definite bargain.

2013 Domaine des Lauribert La Cuvee de Lisa Rose, $9.99

This is a very pale pink pour that offers subtle floral aromas blended with bright strawberry and lemon zest. It's made entirely from grenache grapes from the southern Rhone region of Vaucluse, located in the southeast corner of France. The flavors are rich but well-balanced, with ripe red currant, raspberry and blood orange countered by crisp acidity. This rose is as refreshing as it is delicious.

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