Charles & Charles Rose’ Brightens a Rainy Sick Day

This was not my idea of a perfect weekend.  No sunny patio for me–the rain was pouring and I had an unpleasant–to say the least–virus. 

What’s a sick, disappointed girl to do?

Don my favorite striped summer skirt (Horizontal stripes!  Oh yes I did!) and strappy gladiator sandals, and open a bottle of summer rose’, of course!

I had a long-time favorite rose’ on hand, the Charles & Charles Rose’.  I have blogged about this happy sipper previously. It’s a blend of 86% Syrah with small amounts of other Rhone varietals from Washington State, produced by Charles Smith (Charles Smith Wines, K Vintners) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils, Gothum Project).

I love the salmon tint to this pretty wine.  It offers lovely bits of red fruit and mineral aromas with fruit flavors of strawberries, tangerine, pomegranate and a little spice.  It is so perfect for sultry, sweat-trickling, summer days because it has light body, lower alcohol content and mouth-watering acidity. Totally gulp-able.

But I was stuck inside in my summer stripes. I needed a bigger WOW!, so I used the rose’ in a recipe for a “Rose-ito” I found on Pinterest by the Kitchy Kitchen, an April 6, 2015 post.

This recipe muddles sugar, lime juice and fresh mint, then adds a good pour of the rose’ with a splash of club soda for a lively spritz.


Oh my! The Rose-ito brought a brightness to my otherwise dreary day.  In the glass it shows the freshness of spring with pastel colors.  Fresh mint leaves balance the tart lime and the rose’ adds just the right bit of fruit. The club soda elevates it with snappy bubbles!  The flavors all meld together for the perfect sunny-day gulper.

We added a summer-like meal of pulled pork sandwiches topped with colorful homemade slaw and a side of beans.

The Rose’! The meal!  The striped summer skirt! It was all enough to make me forget the dreary day and my pesky virus.

Making pretty patio cocktails;
Gulping on a hot summer day;
Someone who prefers a dry-style rose’.

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