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Local rosé wines that extend the summer

Posted by Ellen Bhang  August 24, 2012 04:42 PM

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It is the end of August and we are squarely in denial. With Labor Day around the corner, we know that a new school year doesn't lag far behind. Right now, all we want is to sit by the pond and finish one more novel before wandering home to pluck tomatoes off backyard vines.

To extend the feeling of summer, we’re doggedly drinking American rosés. Since the June column on the subject, we’ve found two more lovely pinks from Long Island N.Y. and Southeastern Massachusetts. Both are limited in supply in the Greater Boston area, but are definitely worth seeking out.

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Bedell Taste Rosé 2011 (about $15) offers beautiful aromas of strawberry, white peach and wet stones. This refreshing sip is pale coppery pink -- an artful blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon with a splash of syrah. We tasted it last month on the patio deck of Bedell Cellars on the North Fork. Of the many Long Island wines we sampled, Bedell Cellars is one of the few distributed in Massachusetts. If this rosé is not currently sitting on your local wine shop shelf, it is not too late to special order it.

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Westport Rivers Pinot Noir Rosé is a blend of multiple vintages – 2011, 2010 and 2008 to be exact. Bill Russell, winemaker at Westport Rivers likens the process to putting together a sparkling cuvée. This salmon-colored rosé sports bright acidity and offers notes of tart plum and citrus rind. It is on tap – yes, wine kept fresh in a keg – at Russell House Tavern and sells for $6 a glass. Grab a window seat at this Harvard Square institution and people-watch to your heart’s content. Pair with a platter of raw oysters and celebrate. Summer is not over yet.

Ellen Bhang

About By the Glass

Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at bytheglass@globe.com.

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