The Rosé Society: 2011 Margerum Riviera Rosé (San Luis Obispo, California)

Amid the dozens of delightful rosés imported from the south of France, Spain, and Italy, there is a growing number of equally good, if not better, rosés from the US. I have enjoyed watching the domestic options become more prominent and interesting over the past couple of years and am always excited to find one that I hadn’t come across before. That’s the case with the Margerum Wine Company of Santa Barbara County, which specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, a Rhone blend, and Syrah. Made from Grenache grapes grown in Southern San Luis Obispo County, the Riviera Rosé was fresh and fruity. It had the pretty color of watermelon as one gets closer to the rind. The nose and palate were dominated by fresh summer fruits like strawberry and watermelon, along with cranberry and dried herbs. There was a hint of sweetness that played well with the medium plus acidity. It was a bit spritzy right after first being opened, but calmed down after a while. Very good.

At D&L Liquors for $17.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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