(Santa Barbara County, California) $21 (750ml)

This might be the most sophisticated rosé you drink all spring and summer. A burst of spicy, minerally coolness, Margerum’s Riviera Rosé is the merest tint of pink, like a subtle watercolor. (No cherry popsicle-color here). It’s made from grenache, syrah, counoise and cinsault—the grapes often used in southern French rosés. Unlike so many French rosés, however, there’s a vividness and energy here. If you want to put winter behind you, this is the way. (12% abv)

89 points KM

Available at Margerum

One of the following Disney movies featured two legendary bottles of French wine: a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc and a 1961 Château Latour. Was it:

  • A. Beauty and the Beast
  • B. Lady and the Tramp
  • C. The Parent Trap
  • D. Ratatouille

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—Pope John XXIII


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D.The animated movie Ratatouille (2007) follows the adventures of a French country rat named Remy as he pursues his passion for cooking gourmet cuisine in a Parisian kitchen. His dishes share the screen with a ’47 Cheval Blanc and a ’61 Latour, both considered “wines of the century.”