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Cool Off with the 2010 Mulderbosch Rosé

Cool Off with the 2010 Mulderbosch Rosé

Chill this rosé down until it fogs up the glass when you pour it.

2010 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

Fact: I have written about this wine for several years now, but I think the latest vintage may be the best yet. Either that, or the excessively high heat has made an icy cold glass too refreshing to resist. (Both are true in my book.)

This South African beauty is something of an anomaly among rosés. Its color is almost Kool-Aid red-pink, like something out of a comic book, and it’s made from Cabernet Sauvignon, instead of more popular rosé grapes, such as Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Grenache.

But its aromas and flavors are truly serious. Chill this wine down and get ready for a blast of wild strawberry and pomegranate aromas to shoot from the glass, followed by flavors of watermelon, tart cherry and a touch of green herb on the palate.

Grill up some steaks with a touch of lime juice on them or burgers with a spicy mayo, and enjoy.

It’s not easy to find Mulderbosch in San Antonio. The wine rep at one H-E-B claimed he hasn’t been able to get it for three years, yet I found it at another H-E-B, the one on Thousand Oaks, for an attractive $10.99 a bottle. I’ve also seen it at Spec’s, Twin Liquors and several Gabriel’s stores in the past.

Feeling: This is a wine that loves anything that sings of summer, from vine-ripened tomatoes with a touch of dill weed to grilled portobello mushrooms to crab cakes. So, forget what the thermometer says and sink back with a summer quaffer that’s practically perfect.

If you want to learn more about rosé wine, join Richard Becker, Steven Krueger, Bonnie Walker and me, among others, at Culinaria’s Rambling Rosé this Saturday at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg. This event is one that each of us has called our favorite of the entire year. So, join us for some terrific wines, wonderful food and, we hope, good talk. For more information, click here.

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Go Greek, at Greek FUNstival in October

Go Greek, at Greek FUNstival in October

Mark your calendars for the 51st Annual Greek FUNstival at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. This is a three-day cultural event, with food and drink, dance, shopping for Greek gift items and touring the historic San Antonio church, built in 1926. The church houses an impressive display of religious icons that depict the Greek Orthodox faith.

The church is at 2504 N. St. Mary’s. There is a $3 charge at the gate for everyone 12 years and older. Children under 12 are free. Food and drink tickets will be sold after you enter – all of these prices are listed in the menu in the program flyer. (The tickets cover only food and drink.)

Dates are 6-11 p.m. Oct. 21; noon-11 p.m. Oct. 22 and 12 – 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

For more information, click here.

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