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2007 Ojai Vineyard Rose

September 10, 2008|S. Irene Virbila

Adam Tolmach and his wife, Helen, have been making wine in the Ojai valley for more than 25 years. Known for their splendid Syrah, they also produce a very pretty rose. The 2007 on shelves now is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Mourvedre and Syrah and a touch of Sauvignon Blanc. A dry rose is such a versatile food wine that most of it goes to restaurants, but you can still find it in a handful of local shops.

The blend is seamless and delicious -- a little strawberry, a little raspberry, something earthy in there too. It's brilliant with goat cheese, with frittatas and omelets, with salads and smoked fish. Serve it with a roast chicken or a piece of salmon. This is a wine that's good to go with anything anywhere and a terrific example of California rose.

-- S. Irene Virbila


Quick swirl

Region: Central Coast

Price: About $16

Style: Dry and feisty

Food it goes with: Pretty much everything: cheese, egg dishes, salads, smoked fish

Where you find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine .com; among others.

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