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2003 Domaine du Grand Arc La Tour Fabienne Corbieres

September 08, 2004|S. Irene Virbila

The rest of the country may be thinking about fall, but in Southern California, it's still summer. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm still parched for summer-weight wine. Here's another rose (like Manolos, you can never have too many), this one from Corbieres in the Languedoc region of southern France. Don't let its pretty strawberry color deceive you: The 2003 Domaine du Grand Arc La Tour Fabienne is bone dry -- and quite a mouthful. Though it's scented with rose petals and wild strawberries, it's sturdy enough to accompany little toasts spread with tapenade for an aperitif or a chicken roasted with herbs. Like all good roses, it's lovely on its own but versatile enough to go with any summer meal. Think shrimp in romesco sauce, squid sauteed with cherry tomatoes and grilled wild salmon.


Quick swirl

Region: Southern Rhone

Price: About $10

Style: Sturdy and bone dry

Food it goes with: Tapenade, roast chicken, shrimp in romesco sauce, sauteed squid, grilled salmon

Where you find it: Jim's Fallbrook Market in Woodland Hills, (818) 347-5077; Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699; Wine Country in Long Beach, (562) 597-8303; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, (800) 76WINEX.

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