Everyday: For my biennial look at rosé (truth be known, I’d love to write about it semi-annually, especially in cooler months). I was able to talk to the charming, savvy Charles Bieler. Almost as fortuitously, I was able to taste his 2012 Bieler Pere et Fils Coteaux d’Aix en Provence “Sabine” Rosé ($12), a syrah-driven but light-on-its-feet delight. Evoking its place of origin “” Provence, bright and sunny, refreshing with a subtle undercurrent of richness “” it’s perfect for spring, or any other season for that matter. Like the best rosés, it’s suited for almost any food, from tapenade to turkey and dressing.
Occasion: Some cork dorks might turn against any vintner who becomes “too popular,” but not this cork dork “” at least when it comes to Kim Crawford, who with wife Erica has crafted another world-class white. The 2011 Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris ($24) fits right between Alsace and northeast Italy with its zingy beam of acidity, soft melony flavors and great lift and length. I felt like I could taste it hours later. Go for fresh seafood of any ilk, or even some herb-roasted pork and root vegetables. (Confession: In the course of researching this wine, a certain cork dork learned that Kim Crawford is actually a guy.)