Italy is home sweet home to many of the world’s greatest wines. The Great Northwest is home to some of the tastiest seafood in the world. Match one with the other and you have world class yum.
The land of Vespa’s, pasta and gold jewelry often conjure images of big, bold Chiantis and rich Pinot Grigios. But the real vino magic is in a version of the “pink drink.” Rosés capture the attention of most ardent vionphiles. I have one in mind that will certainly capture your attention and dazzle your taste buds – especially if you pair it with freshly caught succulent Dungeness Crab. Meet the 2014 Cocomero Rosato.
I recently was sent a sample of the 2014 Cocomero Rosato extra special from Club W’s Wine Director, Katie Delaney. Katie traveled to Tuscany to work with the winemaker on creating the perfect blend for the company’s first Italian Rosé. She ended up with a classic example of the region: bright, crisp, fruity, and refreshing. At $13 showcasing watermelon, strawberry, white nectarine, citrus and white flowers, fellow wine lovers, we have a winner.
I personally avoid sweet Rosés. I was very glad this wasn’t one of them. I thought when I first saw the catchy festive flirty labeling there might be a problem. Never judge a book by its cover. When you take a sip of this lovely lady, your palate is filled with juicy fruit, but not sticky sweetness. The fruit does the talking, not the sugar.
I choose to pair the wine with crab. It was a big hit with my guests. Not a negative crack from the group. This is a wine made especially for warm weather, summer and easy sipping. It can stand alone as its own appetizer, or pair easily with a bunch of foods.
If you’re a watermelon fan, this is going to be an especially memorable wine for you. According to Club W, “High acidity balances the sugariness of the fruity flavors for a balanced, light, not-too-sweet wine you’ll want to drink at lunchtime all summer long. Pair with prosciutto, bruschetta, or mozzarella for an utterly Italian experience. “
I agree. Here’s a recipe for Drunken Watermelon Popsicles compliments of Club W and LA FEMME epicure. Definitely an adult indulgence – keep near the pool, but away from the munchkins.
Drunken Watermelon Popsicles
Compliments of Sarah Simms Hendrix of La Femme Epicure
Inspired by Italy’s summer watermelon festivals
1 bottle of Cocomero Rosé
1 large watermelon
30 five-inch wooden skewers
To make these scrumptious treats:
1. Clean the outside of your watermelon. Dry. Cut in half lengthwise, and then cut those halves in half again. Take each quarter, and slice into 1 ½-inch thick triangular wedges.
2. Skewer each wedge from the rind towards the tip.
3. Place all the wedges in a large bowl (tip down), and pour the bottle of rosé over the wedges. Let soak for 10 minutes. Work in batches until all watermelon is soaked through.
4. Remove wedges from the Rosé, and lay flat on a sheet tray lined with wax paper. Place a sheet of wax paper between each layer, and freeze for 24 hours before enjoying. Drunken popsicles last up to three weeks in the freezer.