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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She is the lead taster for Australia and New Zealand wines and California Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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Rosé, White and Blue

Charles & Charles Volume II Rosé Columbia Valley 2009

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: July 8, 2010

The July 4 holiday weekend was an excuse for us to host some friends for a Mediterranean feast at our house. The centerpiece was homemade lamb gyro meat spinning on the rotisserie, with a spread that included everything from tabouli to tzatziki and dolmas to hummus. My kitchen smelled like a wonderful combination of parsley, lemons and garlic for days.

It was a hot day, so I pulled out an assortment of whites and rosés for my guests, and wasn’t surprised at all at which bottle was opened and finished first, the Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley 2009 ($11 a bottle). It didn’t hurt that the label—a wonderful letterpress design that resembles an abstract American flag—looked like it was made for the holiday.

Juicy, light and fragrant and with a wonderful berry note, the wine was both refreshing and paired well with the vast assortment of food that was served. In particular, I liked how it paired with the spinach and feta in the bite-sized spanakopita I couldn’t stop popping in my mouth. I gave it 88 points, non-blind.

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