Costieres de Nimes, France / $11-$13 Retail
With light bodies and bright tastes, dry roses from the south of France are among the most refreshing wines for summer sipping. This affordable and stylish gem from just west of Provence is a blend of 70 percent Syrah and 30 percent Grenache Noir. Lovely bouquets of blushing blossoms, red berries and citrus notes lead into vibrant flavors of watermelon, strawberry and raspberry with a delightful touch of minerality and a crisp finish. It's a versatile wine that can be enjoyed solo or paired with salads, seafood, barbecued ribs, tapas, light meats, grilled vegetables and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Elio's Wine Warehouse, Schiro's Cafe & Bar, Dorignac's and Cost Plus World Markets in Elmwood, Harvey and Covington. Drink it at: Meauxbar, Slice Pizzeria and Schiro's Cafe & Bar.