Charles & Charles Rose’ Brings Out Your Inner Bad *ss!

Rose’ wines have always had my heart, so upon seeing vintner Charles Smith’s words, “Yes, you can drink rose’ and still be bad *ss”, I was charmed.

Sipping Charles Smith’s wines are always about more than the wine, it seems.  Smith’s flamboyant presence is there as well, from his oft-quoted maxims, “It’s Just Wine, Drink It”, to his edgy black and white labels on his Charles Smith line (, to his rock-star, Sammy Hagar looks.

Here, he teams with fellow winemaker Charles Bieler ( to make this rose’ from Washington’s Columbia Valley.  They blend 81% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault, and 1% Grenache to achieve their goal of “the perfect balance of fruit, acid, and savory.”

The nose reveals juicy strawberry, cherry, and watermelon.  The juicy fruit follows on the palate–lip-smacking strawberry and watermelon.  The mid-palate shows some mineral notes which lead to the finish of zesty bites of lime.

Indeed, all components work together in balance for a fresh, zesty, rockin’ good rose’!

A bowl brimming with fresh raspberries is the perfect pairing!

 The bottle was emptied, and I was bad *ss!

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