I am so pleased that the general population of wine lovers seems to have finally embraced Rose wine. Lately I have noticed that more friends are willing to share a bottle of Rose, as opposed to me having to order by the glass as they shoot me pitying looks.Rose is delicious any time of the year but never as tempting as on a warm summer evening. And like all summer loves, it becomes especially precious once Labor Day passes.
I am drowning in sweet, sweet watermelons, tomatoes, zucchini and corn. All fresh from the Hollywood Farmers Market. It is a madhouse this time of year. A hot, sweaty competition. Grandmas with their pushcarts edging you to the side. Everyone jostling good-naturedly for their favorite vendors' end of summer fruits and vegetables.
So tonight is my ideal end of summer meal.
Stewed southern succotash of okra, tomatoes, corn and zucchini.
Wild, organic arugula salad with local avocados and tiny lemon cucumbers.
Rocca Di Montegrossi Rosato 2007 - 100% Sangiovese made in the saignee style. They bled off some juice, just after pressing the grapes, from their single vineyard Sangiovese. This is a medium dark pink wine with vibrantly fresh flavors of cherry and watermelon but finishes dry. $15.