Think pink

The "Real Men Drink Pink" campaign is heading into its second successful summer. It appears folk may actually buy rosé wine by hue, perhaps to matchy their attire. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Best between $10-$15

2012 Domaine de Figueirasse "Gris de Gris" Sables de Camargue France: Tautly tied with bracing acidity, scents of mineral, juicy watermelon and cranberry fruit. $11-$13

Best over $20

2012 Domaine Moreux Rosé "Cuvee de Lys" Sancerre Loire France: All pinot noir, soft and plush, but wraps it up in a crisp finish. $20-$22

Goat cheese and basil stuffed grilled peppers

Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Note: Try this recipe for a delicious pairing with any rosé wine.


5 to 6 ounces creamy goat cheese

10 chopped basil leaves

½ clove garlic, minced

1 chopped shallot

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

6 grilled peppers*

6 sprigs chervil, chopped, or chopped fresh thyme leaves

Olive oil

Mix the cheese with the basil, garlic and shallot in a bowl until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Rinse peppers; pat dry. Stuff with cheese mixture; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill. Serve garnished with chervil and a drizzle of olive oil.

*For the peppers, look for grilled piquillo peppers in jars. Or roast and skin small red bell peppers.

Source: Provenance: Recipe from Hachette Pratique: Those Provence Rosé Moments 

If your wine store does not carry these wines, ask for one similar in style and price.

Bill St John has been writing and teaching about wine for more than 40 years.

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