2014 Chateau de Lancyre Rosé, $17.99

Let the fun begin! This isn't the first rosé "wine pick" this year and it won't be the last, as we are entering peak season for this popular warm weather libation. But first, a little background: many years ago the wine crew at the Co-op began in earnest to try and convince our clientele to take DRY rosés seriously and give them a chance at their tables, particularly during the warmer months. Slowly at first, our work began to gain traction. Most of the best dry rosés then (and even now in my opinion) came from southern France. Then a funny thing happened one summer a few years ago. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others, began to publish articles about dry rosés, and suddenly they became tony and trendy. Well of course anyone who ever traveled in or near Mediterranean Europe (or had listened to us years earlier) didn't need to be told that. But now rosés started coming out of the woodwork from every corner of the wine making world. We see rosés from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, South America, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho; about anywhere they make wine. Everyone wants in on the action.

For me, I still go back to France for my favorite rosés, which brings me to my current choice. Chateau de Lancyre comes from the Pic Saint Loup AOC in the Coteaux du Languedoc in southwest France. It is a blend of Syrah and Grenache with a healthy dash of Cinsault. The bouquet is redolent of small red fruits—wild raspberries and strawberries—with an exotic note of lychee fruit. The fruitiness on the palate is balanced by a strong vein of minerality, leaving a fresh but firm impression on the long, clean finish. This 2014 edition won a well deserved Gold Medal at this year's "Concours des grands vin du Languedoc."  So, although casual quaffing is not against the law, this wine deserves more serious contemplative sipping. Pair it with just about any Mediterranean inflected dish and enjoy!