You know how it is when you find the cutest skirt or top and everyone compliments you on it and you can’t wait to tell them it cost $3.00 at an amazing sale that, unfortunately, they missed? So, I was at Battle Ground Produce on Friday night and Rayne Probert of Kendall's Pioneer Distributing was pouring a lineup that, by his own admittance, was a hodge podge of randomness. Not in a bad way, just no particular theme for the night.
For whatever reason, we’re now talking about rosé and he grabs a bottle from the display with this fiery redhead on the label. Now he’s talking like he just found the cutest blouse (which I can’t really see Rayne ever doing) because this is a J. Bookwalter wine priced at $7.99!
Okay, it’s the 2014 not the 2015 but, still, drinking like the fun rosé it’s supposed to be and, since the retail price on the 2015 is $24 I knew I had to post something about this little bargain.
The 2014 Bookwalter Scarlet Hexflame is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, cabernet franc and a splash of malbec. Just slightly off –dry with more than a hint of watermelon, some strawberry notes and a slight spice on the finish, it’s great with hard cheeses and the perfect backyard grilling wine. We’re talking hamburger, hot dogs and chicken but, go ahead, kick it up a notch with ribs, brats or marinated shrimp. This cheeky chic can handle that. Just make sure to keep her chilled because she does her best work between 55-60 degrees.