This week’s warm weather had me thinking of Rosé more than usual. Looking out the windows of our office, all I could think about was being outside, drinking a really good bottle of wine. I also kept thinking about the beach. While I realize it isn’t technically beach season yet, with Memorial Day only a week away, we’re close enough. I wanted a wine that was refreshing, and also reminded me of the sea. Aliza mentioned she had a really delicious Rosé from Spain last summer that she couldn’t wait to drink again, so we set out to find the bottle.

After a quick google search, we located a wine shop around the corner who had a bottle of Ameztoi “Rubentis” Rosé for $20 and we went out to grab it. I always love when wine shops keep a large selection of their whites and Rosé’s cold, because as soon as we got back to the office, we were able to crack it open. No chilling needed.

Immediately upon opening the bottle, I was rewarded. The wine smelled of the sea, which isn’t surprising, since we learned that the vineyards are located mere steps from the ocean. It also had a slight fizziness that was very pleasant. It wasn’t bubbly like a sparkling wine, but just zippy enough to tickle the tongue. I could see it being really great with all of the Basque Pintxos – small pieces of bread with a variety of toppings like sardines and blue cheese – that one would find at the bar in Spain.

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The first sip gave off really strong flavors of citrus, specifically grapefruit, that then gave way to strawberries and roses. The acidity was also really nice, reminding me a lot of lemonade thanks to all the citrus flavors. It was an easy sipper, made more so by the fact that it was so low in alcohol, at only around 10%. It’s definitely a bottle I’ll revisit at an actual beach this summer. I can just picture myself lounging in the sun, drinking a bottle or two, with no need to worry about getting heavily buzzed.

After chatting about the wine a bit, talk turned to summer plans, and dreams of summer Fridays. Welcome summer, it’s good to have you back.

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