Labor Day marks the end of summer, which traditionally means two things: One can ?t wear straw hats anymore and one has to stop drinking rose. It ?s a good thing the Wine Curmudgeon isn ?t hung up on tradition. Because where I would be without my straw and my rose?
The Nizas ($10, purchased, 13.5%) is one more example of the general, all-around brilliance of rose. For one thing, it ?s a previous vintage, and it ?s still fresh and crisp and refreshing, something that ?s not easy for cheap rose to do. Look for cranberry and raspberry fruit and a long, satisfying, fruity finish.This is another standout effort from an excellent producer from the south of France; serve chilled and drink on its own or with any Labor Day weekend festivity, from barbecue to picnic.
Speaking of which, I ?ll be back at the annual Kerrville Labor Day music extravaganza this weekend, talking about Texas wine and plugging The Cheap Wine Book. Stop by and say hello if you ?re there. I ?ll be the curmudgeonly fellow with the straw hat.