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July 30, 2008
Total time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: 4 Note: The rosé jelly can be prepared up to three days in advance, and the desserts can be assembled and chilled up to 4 hours in advance. 1/4 cup red grape juice 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided 1 1/2 cups rosé wine ( 1/2 bottle), divided 1 ( 1/4 -ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin 2 ripe nectarines, sliced 1 cup blueberries 1. In a medium saucepan (off heat), mix together the grape juice, 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of the rosé wine.
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April 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine estate in southeast France is a spectacular rosé from an unspectacular year. Made by the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, the 2013 Château Miraval rosé is elegant and fresh, with a scent of wild strawberries. I could drink this very serious rosé all summer long. Quantities are limited, though, and this one may be gone even before summer gets here. Have it with radishes and butter, with toasts spread with tapenade, crudités, grilled salmon or a simple roast chicken.
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July 7, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
The Bandol rosé with which I celebrate birthdays and most major warm weather occasions now, Domaine Tempier, costs about $40 a bottle. I've still got a couple of bottles tucked away, but I'm on the hunt for alternatives. Previously, I've loved Pradeaux and Domaine Sorin. Domaine Dupuy de Lôme (don't let the difficult-to-remember name put you off) is a real find. The vineyard is sustainably farmed, which is expensive, yet Gérald Damidot is producing a beautiful Bandol rosé for about $20. A blend of 70% Mourvedre with 20% Grenache and the balance Cinsault, the 2011 is dry and zesty with notes of apricot and rose petals and a complexity that makes it ideal for summer foods.
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August 1, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
I could drink rosé all summer. And it's not only me. Rosé is no longer the introductory wine for people who fear or aren't really sure if they like wine. Why do you think White Zinfandel used to be such a big seller? Now, though, rosé is coming into its own as a serious wine. Barolo producer Luca Currado of Vietti even confessed that he likes rosé and whenever he visits his mother Luciana in Cannes, he loads up on Domaine Ott rosé. For me, the benchmark is Domaine Tempier's Bandol rosé, practically the house wine at Chez Panisse.
FOOD
July 28, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
I know, I'm on a rosé kick, but I just can't help it. There's the weather for one thing, and then this year's extraordinary crop of delicious rosés. Here's another I just discovered from Martian Ranch & Vineyard in Santa Maria. "From sky to ground to grape to barrel to bottle and straight into your glass" reads the back label on its delightful "Down to Earth" Grenache rosé. It's the palest dusty peach in color, and it tastes alive. It's crisp and soft at the same time, smells like wild strawberries and has quite a finish.
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August 12, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
What can I say? The kind of weather we've been having the last few weeks cries out for rosé, well chilled and lots of it. Though I will always love Domaine Tempier's Bandol rosé, I just can't justify buying it anymore at close to $40 a bottle. But here's another favorite from the Bandol region from the excellent producer La Bastide Blanche with an equally charming rosé at about half the price. Made from Mourvedre, it's bone-dry, with a hint of rose petals and lavender. I wish I were sitting in the little port at Bandol right now enjoying a bottle of rosé and some soupe de poissons with croutons and a fiery rouille.
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June 7, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Two Cuban-born Republicans today entered the race for the congressional seat left vacant by the death of Claude Pepper, the liberal Democrat whose district came to be dominated by conservative Latinos. State Sen. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and conservative businessman Carlos Perez announced bids to become the first Cuban-American in Congress. The Miami Herald reported today that Democratic state Sen. Jack Gordon will also run in the special election Aug. 29. In announcing her candidacy, Ros-Lehtinen pledged to carry on Pepper's "caring conscience and conservative convictions."
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August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Comiskey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Like most U.S. business sectors, the wine business has been transformed by e-commerce. Even if restrictions on interstate shipping have limited that commerce to 38 states, the Internet as a wine marketplace is robust by any measure. In the last four years, a single website, the search engine wine-searcher.com , has done more to transform that commercial landscape than any other, affecting every facet of the way the wine business is conducted, certainly in this country and increasingly on a global scale.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011
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FOOD
April 14, 2011
Wines on a budget Here are a few favorite wines for less than $15 from the people we interviewed: Simon Cocks of Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese: NV Anton Ohlig Sekt Rosé Extra-Trocken, "50 N" (German sparkling rosé), $14.99; 2009 Hubert Rousseau Gros Plant du Pays Nantais (French white), $13.99; 2009 Monte dos Perdigöes Alenteja DO, Tapada do Barao (Portuguese red), $11.99. 223 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 856-8699 (no website)
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May 25, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Except for the color, a deep rose, the 2012 A Côté Rosé is reminiscent of a Bandol rosé. Perfumed with strawberries and rose petals, this year it's 100% Pinot Noir (previous bottlings have been a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot) and one of the best rosés I've tasted out of California. It has a wonderful delicacy, crisp acidity and long smooth finish. A Côté - "next door" - is the second label of La Fenêtre Wines, founded in 2005 by sommelier Joshua Klapper. For this wine, he sources the grapes from vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sigur Rós members are adding themselves to the long list of musicians who have gotten drawn into the crazy world of “The Simpsons.” The Icelandic art rock outfit will guest star in and compose music for the long-running animated Fox sitcom. In the episode, one of two airing May 19 as the season finale, Carl - Homer's affable bestie whose are-they-aren't-they friendship with Lenny is among the show's countless inside jokes - will run off to his native home of Iceland with the lottery winnings he was supposed to split with Homer, Lenny and Moe. Expect hijinks, plenty of jokes about Carl's African-Icelandic roots and a run-in with the famous band who hails from the capital, Reykjavík.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013
Now that anyone with a laptop can make decently epic soundscapes, how will Sigur Rós keep its lead? On "Valtari," it does it by using all its usual tricks, but in even more evocative and expert ways. On "Valtari" it's back to the essentials: oceanic buildups, flickers of treated orchestras and falsetto vocal lines that yank heartstrings, even though you know exactly when they're coming. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$55.50. sbbowl.com .
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March 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2012 Reichsrat von Buhl Pinot Noir Rosé On the East Coast, it's still snow and slush. But here, spring has sprung right on time. Cherry and plum trees are covered in blooms. Time for rosé. And here's a terrific one from Germany to usher in the season. Von Buhl winery in Pfalz produces this lovely Pinot Noir rosé. Pale salmon pink, it is crisp and dry, with soft, beautiful fruit and a silken texture. Have a glass before dinner, or with a light first course of marinated vegetables, a salad, or poached salmon.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
My husband never remembers Valentine's Day. He's just not sentimental that way. Lucky guy, because neither, as it happens, am I. But if you're with someone who does care, deeply, about celebrating Feb. 14 and, gulp, you've waited too late to get a reservation at her favorite restaurant, don't let panic send you out to buy some questionable red underthings at Trashy Lingerie. Head to the nearest wine shop, pick up a couple of Champagne flutes and a bottle of rosé Champagne. Bring said bottle over, already chilled, along with the makings of a simple but elegant supper -- you can manage a pasta dish or a steak, right?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are toasting to their new wine, possibly with the new rosé itself. The engaged power couple is releasing a vintage pink rosé from their 1,000-acre French estate on March 15 in the United States. It will be the first offering from their vineyard, which they acquired in 2008. The name of the wine? Miraval, the same name as their Chateau Miraval in Correns, France. The vineyard's predecessor had been called Pink Floyd -- the band recorded its album "The Wall" in studios on the estate grounds.
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July 15, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  It's been either muggy and sticky hot, or now just plain hot, and a girl gets thirsty. Come early evening, I'm ready for an apéritif, and this Spanish rosé has become a favorite. Dry and crisp, the Muga rosado carries a scent of wild strawberries and tastes a bit like that too. Graceful and nuanced, this rosé is still gutsy enough to pair with bold flavors. I've enjoyed it with gazpacho, shrimp in achiote sauce and grilled quail. It's great with guacamole and corn or tortilla soup too. Just what you want in a basic summer wine: versatility.
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July 7, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Since my first taste of Domaine Tempier's rosé years ago, I've been a fan of Bandol rosés. Tempier's prices are getting out of sight, though, and so I was happy to find this less expensive rosé from Alain Pascal. (He began making wine only in 1997; before that, his family sold the grapes.) Made from Mourvèdre, the grape that gives Bandol reds such canny complexity and staying power, it is dry and has an appealing minerality and scent of peaches and earth. Serve as an aperitif with crinkly black olives or tapenade.
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August 18, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2011 Ameztoi Rosé Getariako Txakolina "Rubentis" This rosé from the Spanish Basque country is something different. Grown on the hillside vineyards above the small fishing town of Getaria, the Ameztoi "Rubentis" is essentially a pink Txakolina made with a blend of white and red grapes. Ever so slightly pétillant , it has the minerality and a bright citrusy quality that makes it ideal with spicy foods. Open a bottle with fiery Thai or Indian dishes. I love it with ceviche, anything with anchovies or sardines.
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July 28, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
I know, I'm on a rosé kick, but I just can't help it. There's the weather for one thing, and then this year's extraordinary crop of delicious rosés. Here's another I just discovered from Martian Ranch & Vineyard in Santa Maria. "From sky to ground to grape to barrel to bottle and straight into your glass" reads the back label on its delightful "Down to Earth" Grenache rosé. It's the palest dusty peach in color, and it tastes alive. It's crisp and soft at the same time, smells like wild strawberries and has quite a finish.
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