Everyday: If anything cooler is happening in the wine world than the proliferation of tasty rosés from all over, I’d love to hear about it. But there’s still nothing quite like the sunny-day bliss of one from southern France. The Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes ($11) is lovely, lively, bright and bouncy, a red-berry delight from nose to throat. As it hails from the southernmost portion of the Rhone region, one of the world’s prime if-it-grows-together-it-goes-together outposts, it will absolutely sing with tapenade, ratatouille and herb-infused roast chicken or fish.
Occasion: In 2009, the Numanthia Termes finished second on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, where it was appropriately called “powerful yet balanced.” Looking to take full advantage of the accolades, the winery has jacked up the price — by $3. Year in and year out, this hearty red is as good as $30 wine gets, drinking beautifully when young and yet rewarding aging. (We recently were lovin’ on a right-in-the-zone, endless 2004). I can’t conjure up anything cooked over a wood fire that wouldn’t rock with this. OK, maybe marshmallows (but bring on the s’mores). Or try it with roasted slabs o’ meat. Or, hell, al fresco on a cool-ish evening.