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2007 Pierre-Marie Chermette 'Les Griottes' Beaujolais rose

June 25, 2008|S. Irene Virbila

Now that it's starting to really feel like summer, here's a unique Beaujolais rose from a very good Beaujolais producer. The 2007 "Les Griottes" has more presence than many roses and an enticing scent of white peaches and berries. Who knew that Beaujolais could produce a rose of this quality? But then we're talking about Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette, who work just as hard in the vineyard as the cellar and do everything to ensure the terroir is respected and the wine actually tastes like Gamay.

Serve it, chilled, with a classic olive tapenade on thin toasts, with a cold vegetable soup, with bouillabaisse or any other seafood stew, or with cedar-planked salmon or gravlax.

-- S. Irene Virbila

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Region: Beaujolais

Price: From $15 to $18

Style: Dry and fragrant

Food it goes with: Tapenade, chilled soup, bouillabaisse and seafood stews, salmon.

Where you find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; Palate Food & Wine in Glendale, (818) 662-9463; Pascal Epicerie in Newport Beach, (949) 261-9041; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303,; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; and (800) 769-4639,; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111

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