Bonny Doon 2004 "Vin Gris de Cigare" California Pink Wine ($12.99)
Transparent salmon color. Appealing fresh-fruit scent, red berries with a hint of watermelon. Crisp and dry, fresh fruit and zippy acidity over a rather full body built on 13.5 percent alcohol. Similar to the style of Provence rosé this is no mere "blush" wine; great with Asian fare. US Importer: (Apr 4, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: It worked particularly well with a medium-fiery Chinese dish, Ma Po Tofu (recipe featured in the June 12, 2003 Wine Advisor FoodLetter). The wine was properly quenching with the dish's spicy heat, and the fragrance of toasted Sichuan pepper seemed to bring up the wine's berrylike fruit.



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