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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Zaza Garnacha Rosé 2007

Zaza RoséWe had our annual treat of Copper River Salmon a couple of nights ago ($16.99 per pound!) and it was delicious, as usual. Normally I serve it with grilled asparagus and thinly-sliced sweet onions, but this time substituted leeks for onions, with excellent results.

The perfect accompaniment for our salmon was the Zaza Garnacha Rosé 2007 from Campo de Borja, Spain. Grenache is a pretty powerful grape and this is a robust rosé, offering a snootful of raspberries and the flavor of a strawberry-rhubarb tart without the sweetness. Served cool on a warm evening, it's delicious and refreshing — and at $10 a bottle, a great deal.

We also sampled some of the Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache 2005, and found that it got along wonderfully with the salmon too. It's a big, smooth, robust Aussie red, full of luscious dark berries. An easy wine to enjoy, it's about $14 per bottle.
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:59 AM

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