Everyday: Not so long ago, a cabernet-based rosé was an iffy purchase. Not anymore. The 2014 Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé ($18) is a dandy, and it’s 82-percent cab. (See if you can pick out the 1 percent of syrah :o).) Love the color (pure coral), aroma (berry, citrus, herbs) and flavors (cherry/berry-o-rama) on this one. Most of all, love the harmony between the fruit and acidity, the super-smooth texture and the surprisingly hearty finish. This is a cheese and salumi wine through and through but also would play well with herby Provencal or mildly spicy Asian dishes. The smooth but spritely crooning of the amazing Rev. Al Green rounds out a great evening.
Occasion: Burgundy’s wines generally reward patience, especially the spender ones. But with the whites, premature oxidation has been a recurring problem. No such worries with the 2012 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc ($42), which is drinking splendidly right about now. It’s vibrant and refreshing but firm and focused, playful yet elegant. The nose is packed with melon and tropical fruits, and the flavors follow suit, all the way through the expressive, nigh onto endless finish. That’s why the lengthy, fascinating riffing by jazz piano maestro Brad Mehldau provide a just-right soundtrack.