NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S ROSE ~

With the Memorial Day Weekend upon us and the unofficial start to Summer, my mind wanders outdoors.

And to libations…

Summertime and cocktails just seem to go hand in hand. Kinda like running and pain, sun and burn, babies and bliss….you get the picture.

While I’m a martini gal at heart, when the weather gets hot, I switch to a lovely, light, pinkish Rose’.

Not the awful, craggy skunk brew Rose’ we drank in high school…. Remember the jingle  “Hey! Hey! Hey! Mateus Rose?”  No? Then you surely weren’t on the East Coast in the seventies!

image Rose’ has come a long way in the past few decades, thanks to the French, who are producing some of the most luscious, full Rose’ wines we’ve ever had the pleasure to consume.

Here are three favorites…

imagePure Mirabeau en Provence……

A bolder, fruitier wine with a pleasant sorbet finish.

Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses

This is a wine that celebrates Mediterranean Art de Vivre.  The lovely rose shaped bottle was designed by a student of the Ecole Boulle.  It has a big, fresh, fruity wine that is light, yet lasting.

and my favorite, Miraval Cotes de Provence…..

This wine is, believe it or not, produced by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, on the 150 acre estate of vineyards at the Chateau Miraval, the South of France estate owned by the pair. The first 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/03/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-wine-sells-out/

You could drink this all day, but you shouldn’t! If you aren’t a fan of red wine, or wine at all, try this.  Pour half a glass of Rose’, half sparkling water,  and fresh mint leaves…You will be brushing your TEETH with this, it’s so good!

While shooting this pic, my patient little muse, Jesse was waiting to be walked.

 

His patience expired, so he photobombed my photo shoot with “The Look”.

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OK, OK, OK!  Let’s go get the leash!

Have a memorable Memorial Day. Don’t forget to give thanks and a silent prayer, and raise a glass of Rose’ for all those who died to make this day and this freedom possible ! ~

 

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