Summer Food: The Tastes of Summer: Rosé

Throughout warm regions of France and Spain, café tables are dotted with rosé-colored glasses. And why not? Few wines have the summer-food-loving versatility of dry rosé, with the chill-able freshness of white wine and the turbo-boosted flavor of red. Try spicy southern French wines like Jaboulet’s Parallele 45 rosé or DuBoeuf’s syrah rosé, or classics from Provence, like Château Mont-Redon and Commanderie de la Bargemone. Italy’s Vitiano rosé by Falesco and Argentina’s Rosé of Malbec by Susanna Balbo suit more modern sensibilities. Leery about sweetness? Check the alcohol content; 12 percent or higher suggests a dry style.