Are you ready to start grilling? Here are some delicious reds for those steaks and burgers, and a couple of fine rosés to sip while the coals get hot or with your grilled salmon.
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François et Jean-Marie Cherrier "Les Chailloux" Rosé 2016
Sancerre, France, $21
With juicy strawberry and minty herb flavors, this rosé of pinot noir is soft and supple. Pair this with salmon. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.
Manz Pomar do Espírito Santo 2014
Lisboa, Portugal, $19
Manz is a relatively new winery, both in history and availability in the United States. The family makes several wines worth searching out. The Pomar do Espírito Santo is a blend of three traditional Portuguese grape varieties: Aragones, Touriga Nacional and Castelao. This is a serious wine with scents of tobacco leaf and smoke, with enough tannin structure to invite a long-term relationship. Decant this an hour or two before dinner or cellar it for five to six years. A similar blend called Penedo do Lexim 2015 is more accessible for early drinking and also delicious. ABV: 14 percent.
Mega Petite, Petite Sirah 2014
Petite Sirah can be a bruiser, but this one is supple and elegant, moderated perhaps by some Malbec and teroldego added to the blend. Flavors of blackberry, sage and mint are elevated by fresh acidity. Try this with steaks, burgers or meat-loaded pizza. Labeled as Lodi Certified Green Sustainable. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Manz Platónico Red Blend
The Platónico, which is not vintage dated, contains the same three grapes as the Pomar do Espírito Santo, but they are grown in various regions of Portugal. This is a sappy, savory red, simple and straightforward, well-balanced and delicious. It will go great with casual meat dishes. ABV: 14 percent.
Le Petit Balthazar Cinsault Rosé 2016
Pays d'Oc, France, $9
This delightful, inexpensive rosé is a tremendous value vintage after vintage. It features flavors of tart melons, orange peel and bitter herbs. With just a little imagination, you might even taste sunshine. Enjoy this by itself or with spicy, garlicky foods. ABV: 11 percent.
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Three stars Exceptional, two stars Excellent, one star Very Good
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Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.