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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Pojer & Sandri 2013 Vin dei Molino Rosato

Posted on | November 3, 2015 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

WH1606-2A free spirit, I don’t mind coloring outside of the lines; in fact, I like to draw my own lines. I will wear white after Labor Day, black to a wedding, and on some fall and winter occasions, I prefer to sip on lively white and rosé wines. On this gorgeous fall day in New York, I’m reaching for this unique rosato from the north of Italy, Pojer & Sandri 2013 Vin dei Molino Rosato.

Estate owners and BFFs Mario Pojer and Fiorentino have been crafting beautiful wines from grapes planted on very steep mountain slopes in Trentino Alto-Adige since 1975. They make their Rosato from the strangely named Rotberger grape, a cross of Schiava and Riesling, and this wine is different from just about any other rosé I have tasted from Italy. Bone-dry but with an abundance of wild berries, this under $23 wine offers bright acidity with a rich mouth-feel and vibrant, tangy finish. It’s a wine that gives the satisfaction of a red while awakening the palate with the refreshing qualities of a mineral-laden white; in short, this is a perfect “anytime” wine for fall.

When I am drinking wine, I need to eat complementary food. Drawing inspiration from the TV shows that feature contestants making magic with a mysterious market basket, I opened my fridge and pulled out out tomatoes, prosciutto, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and spaghetti squash. My concoction ended up as a play on a pasta salad, using leftover antipasti. The Rosato played with the saltiness of the cheese and prosciutto, while enhancing the freshness of the herbs. It was a fabulous match! I highly recommend this rosaso to spruce up any Monday or Tuesday night—it certainly did so for me.


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