Rosé is the perfect wine for the summer, and Victoria James has three distinctive recommendations to expand your palate. James, the author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé and the sommelier at Piora in New York, likes the Renardat-Fâche sparkling rosé from Cerdon du Bugey in eastern France, a semi-sweet wine made from Gamay and Poulsard that's perfect as an aperitif or with dessert.
Provence is the region most drinkers associate with rosé, and James's two other selections are in that style. Yves Leccia, a Corsican producer, makes his Île de Beauté rosé from Nielluciu, a grape related to Sangiovese, and it has a pleasing citrus acidity with a touch of earthiness. The Railsback brothers - Lyle is James's boyfriend and did the illustrations for Drink Pink, while Eric runs Lieu Dit Winery in Santa Ynez Valley - make their Les Rascasses rosé as an homage to Domaine Tempier, the great Provencal producer, and it has the same ability to pair with a range of foods.
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