Every week the founder of Washington Wine Report, Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, and Seattle Met's house wine guru recommends a (typically) budget-friendly Northwest wine.

What: Renegade Wine Co. Rosé Columbia Valley 2012 $10

Where: QFC, City Cellars

Why: I have two criteria for summer ‘house wines'–the wine that you always have in the fridge or cooler throughout Seattle’s oh-so-brief warm weather season (okay, so it’s usually less like a season and more like six to eight weeks). The first is that the wine is refreshing and high quality so that you look forward to drinking it on a regular basis. The second is that it’s priced right so that you can do so without breaking the bank.

Enter Renegade Wine Company’s 2012 Rosé. A side project of Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars, Renegade Wine Co. is a negociant-style operation with Busch purchasing the juice and then offering it at rock-bottom prices. Truly, this is about as inexpensive as rosé comes from our fair state, but you would never know it from the quality that’s in the glass.

Mostly syrah along with mourvèdre and a dash of cinsault, the 2012 Renegade Wine Co. Rosé is a pretty, pale salmon color with aromas and flavors of watermelon, strawberry, and citrus. Dry in style, it’s perfect by itself but has enough acid to fit in well at the dinner table. Now we just need some warm weather to go along with it.


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