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
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, www.hitimewine.net; Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine .com; among others.