Wine to drink when the air conditioner is replaced

air conditionerSix $10 wines to keep the chill on when the AC can’t

Aug. 25 update: Many tips of the Wine Curmudgeon’s fedora to Johnny Perez and his colleagues at JP Heating & Air in Dallas, who completed the installation in less than a day at a terrific price and spared me many, many kinds of unpleasantness. Plus, he drinks wine.

I drank two roses — the Jolie Folle  ($10 for 1 liter, purchased, 12.5%, imported by Verity Wine Partners)  and the Chateau Cornut ($10, purchased, 13.5%, imported by Misa Imports). The former was OK, if not as polished as previous vintages and a little thin in the back. Still, you can’t beat the price. The Cornut shows just how much great cheap rose there is in the world. A decade ago, I’d have written raves about it — a touch of red fruit, very crisp, and minerality in the back. These days, though, it’s just another solid, well-made, fine value pink wine. Which is not a bad thing.

Regular visitors to the blog know that the Wine Curmudgeon’s air conditioner shows up in posts more often than one would think. Or more often than it seems like it should. But I live in Texas in the second decade of the 21st century, so when the air conditioner isn’t working, it’s news.

And, as regular visitors also know, it has gone out more than it should – which leads us to this post. What wine does one drink when the air conditioning is replaced? Because, as I write this on a typically sweltering August morning, a new air conditioning system is being installed. Because the old AC went out again last week, with the promise of total collapse in the near future.

Fortunately, the electricity is still working (never a guarantee around here – right, Oncor?) So I had a chance to chill a variety of bottles to sip this afternoon when it gets too hot to type and the installation isn’t quite finished. I will choose from the six below and will update the post when the AC returns:

• Two old favorites, the Gascon Tariquet white and the 2016 Bieler Provencal Sabine rose. The Tariquet is last year’s vintage, because the three-tier system is doing its damnedest to keep the 2016 out of Dallas. But the wine is still tart, white grapey and enjoyable. The $10 Bieler may be the best rose I’ve had this season, better than the Muga and the Angels & Cowboys. It’s certainly better than the more expensive Provencal roses I’ve tasted.

• The 1-liter Jolie Folle rose, about $10. Previous vintages of this French pink have been mostly drinkable, but the attraction here is the price – 1 1/3 bottles for the price of one bottle.

• Chateau Cornut rose, also about $10. This French label is a new to me, and I’m leaning toward drinking it first.

• Chateau Haut Baumard, about $10 and the same wine I wrote about this spring.

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