Everyday: We’re smack-dab in the heart of rosé season (which in the Ward abode lasts for 366 days this year), and one of the best bargains I’ve tasted is the 2015 Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhône Reserve Rosé ($11). The family behind Château de Beaucastel and La Vieille Ferme shows again that it can do no wrong, fashioning a super-yummy mouthful of cherry/berry flavor with spot-on texture (doing that smooth but crisp dance) and a surpassing finish. This would be a value at twice the price. Like the best pink stuff, it can pair with almost anything, especially grilled veggies, shrimp and fowl, most appetizers and cold summer soups. Plop on the smooth vocals and crisp songwriting of Mr. Lyle Lovett for a perfect afternoon.
Occasion: It’s obvious that the 2015 Merisi Los Carneros Pinot Gris ($24) is going to be a stone-cold delight from the first sniff, never mind sip. The nose is expressive, fresh and focused, a portent for the purity, harmony and utter deliciousness to come. This is a fruit cocktail of a wine, with a fun and fulfilling interplay of citrus, tropical and melon notes. The finish is surprisingly dry and persistent. This is the kind of wine that shows how well pinot gris and salmon can play together, and most any preparation of freshwater fish or fruits of the sea should prove swell. The pure, pristine vocals of Austin thrush Kelly Willis provide the ideal soundtrack.