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Sicily has been a dream trip of mine forever. It just looks like such a beautiful, rustic place with amazing coastline, culture, and of course food and wine. If I did book a trip to Sicily, the Planeta Estate would most definitely be part of my itinerary.

Planeta Rose

I have been a fan of Planeta wines since first sip of their Nero d’Avola , so I was very excited last week to discover their rosé. It was a cold, dreary, end-of-winter day when I wandered into Cambridge Wine & Spirits for a couple of gifts, when I was greeted with these beautiful bottles of pink wine, open for tasting.

A blend of 50% Syrah and 50% of Sicily’s beloved Nero d’Avola, this wine is fun and flirty in color, a blushing pink that lends itself to a beautiful tablescape with fresh peonies and a lunch spread of charcuterie, crudités, and quiche. The wine is light and refreshing with strawberry and mineral notes and nice acidity. I am sure that it pairs perfectly with Sicily’s fresh fish and local vegetables, and I can imagine myself sipping it in a lounge chair under the Sicilian sun.

For now, Sicily is at the top of my travel bucket list, and Planeta rosé is in my glass to tide me over.

What are your dream trips? Have you cracked open the rosé yet?

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When the calendar tells me that it’s  Spring,, I get ready for rosé . There’s something so hopeful about dry pink wine that pairs with light and delicious seasonal dishes that signals the arrival of longer days and warmer weather (unless you live in Boston).


Travessia Rose of Pinot Noir

Travessia Urban Winery has been making one of my favorite rosé wines since tthe very early days of this blog. We discovered Travessia at our first Coastal Wine Trail event, became wine club members shortly after, and have been fans ever since.

The 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir may just be my favorite Travessia rosé yet. It’s dry, drier than past years, with a beautiful rosy pink color and a crispness that will go perfect with the bounty of seafood from the nearby coast. Light notes of strawberry and watermelon mix with a hint of minerality. Wines like this are the perfect example of how well wines go with food from the same region in which they were grown. The grapes for this wine are from nearby Dartmouth.

wine tasting As always when we visit Travessia, we wandered New Bedford afterwards, loving the working fishing docks, deep blue sea and perfect skies. New Bedford is a charming New England gem and well worth a visit.

Boats in New Bedford

We capped off our visit with another delicious meal at Cork. I definitely recommend the Shrimp Ajillo!

lunch at Cork in New Bedford

What’s your wine of the week?

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Sparkling pine wine is always in season, in my opinion. I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees and sunny (Please God, make it 90 and sunny someday soon.), pouring rain on a dark Spring day (I’ll take rain at this point!), or snowing and blustery on a freezing cold Valentine’s Day.

I had the great joy of visiting my family this weekend for Valentine’s Day. My mom put together a feast of lobsters and filets and brownies, and I picked out a pretty pink wine for the occasion.

Anna Codorniu Brut Rose

Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé is a beautiful and festive cava that is also a great value at around $15.  The pink bottle was just the icing on the cake when it came to this Valentine’s Day wine.

Notes of bright summer strawberry, citrus, and minerals all wrap up in a very bubbly bubbly with nice acidity, making this cava, like many others, a perfect food wine. The acidity made it go really well with buttery lobster but also with red meat, and worked well right through to chocolate brownies. It’s a fun, versatile wine that could very easily become our house sparkling wine.

I definitely recommend an affordable bottle of bubbly in the snow as a mid-winter pick-me-up!

Did you eat or drink anything special on Valentine’s Day?

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