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by Fred McMillin
Clink with Pink
"The original intention of the clink was to produce a bell-like noise so as to banish the devil, who is repelled by bells."
...P. Dickson, Toasts
A lot of crimes have been committed in the name of Rosé (roh-zay). Because pink wines are popular with beginners, some producers felt it wouldn't be noticed if the wine was less than perfect.
...Mary Everly, Vintner's Table Cookbook
The Rest of the Story
Crimes! The Devil! Doesn't sound much like a wine review, but it is. Here's a pink you can clink that contains no "crimes." The Pedroncellis have produced a Zinfandel Rosé longer than any other winery on the planet...about 40 years. Winemaker John Pedroncelli describes it with such words as raspberry, watermelon, luscious fruit, yet crisp.
Chef Everly tells us how to pair it with food. "Only simple, direct, fruity wines stand up to sweet and hot spices. The crispness is needed to refresh the palate, which explains why the overly sweet pinks are not so successful with food. (See her Turkey Chili Mole recipe on page 92; her phone, 707-433-6981.)
1997 Zinfandel Rosé, Sonoma County
Who was the first to clink with pink? Our nominee lived in France about seven centuries ago. He even served it when his son came of age. The son was a prince, and he was a KING! (Louis IX)
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