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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I bought some bottles of expensive rosé, and the wine tastes bitter, not like the rosés I'm used to. What can I do to make it taste better?
—Lilly, Oklahoma City, Okla.
The popularity of rosés might be confusing to people who think of pink wines as being sweet, like “white Zinfandel,” which was very popular in the 1980s and ‘90s. In fact, traditional Old World rosés are typically dry and refreshing, not sweet. They have delicate notes of watermelon or strawberry, and hints of herbs and flowers—but are not candied.
There’s only one thing I can think of to do with a bottle of wine you don’t like very much (besides give it away): Turn it into sangria! Add some fresh or frozen fruit, fruit juice (plus sugar if you like) and a splash of Triple Sec or brandy if you have it, and suddenly you’ll have a very different drink. Add some sparkling wine or soda for a little effervescence, and enjoy!