Kick off spring with a Pink Party: a backyard gathering to toast the arrival of rosé season. We put together a menu to bring out the best in every bottle: Mediterranean-inspired tuna tea sandwiches, a Spanish-style tortilla (potato and egg tart) with a layer of smoked salmon, and a batch of addictively spicy popcorn. For dessert we stuck to the pink palette with fresh strawberries, sweet ricotta and shortbread.
tips + how-tos
Marqués deCáceres Rosé (Spain) This dry wine from Spain's famed Rioja region is easy drinking -- subtle, light and ideal for the rosédrinking novice. Do as the Spaniards do and drink it with foods that won't overshadow it, like mild cheeses and the tortilla.
Ortman Family Vineyards Syrah Rosé (California) Just one look at this gorgeous, garnet-colored rosé from Paso Robles and you know it’s going to be the richest of the bunch. Perfect for red-wine lovers, it’s a great match for strong flavors like the tuna, olives and capers in the tea sandwiches. Treat it like a Syrah.
Château Marouine Côtes de Provence Rosé (France) This light, orange-tinged wine is certified organic. It works well with simple flavors, such as pasta, white meats and the tortilla.
Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec (Argentina) From one of Argentina's premier winemakers -- and made with the country’s star grape, Malbec -- this wine tastes like strawberries with a hint of sweetness. It quells the heat of spicy popcorn.
Mionetto Il Rosé (Italy) A little sweet, a little effervescent and totally delicious, this Italian sparkling wine is part of Mionetto's casual "Il" line. It was made for the strawberry and ricotta dessert but works well as a digestif, too.
Turkey Flat Rosé (Australia) This wine is dry, sophisticated and complex— a wine for serious rosé fans. It can stand up to a lot, so pair it with grilled meats or other hearty fare.
Bonny Doon Ca’del Solo Big House Pink (California) This zippy blend of four varietals packs a fruity punch. Drink it with light desserts.