Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weeknight drinking decisions for us.

Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen is the lead sommelier at RN74, meaning he's especially well-versed in translating the hypertechnical world of soil and stainless steel fermentation and maceration to the overwhelmed and thirsty layperson. He's also a rare sommelier (at least in Washington) with his own winery project; his WT Vintners in Woodinville just released its first gruner veltliner, a peppery white grape prevalent in Austria but a rarity in our fine state. It's a small bottling, but I hear you can find it at McCarthy and Schiering.

But Lindsay-Thorsen was too classy to recommend his own wine when we asked him what we should be drinking on a warm week in July. Take it away, Jeff.

Nothing beats the rare Seattle summer heat like a glass of crisp and fruity rosé. Maison Bleue's Rosé of Mourvèdre might be the most exciting rosé produced in Washington state in 2012. And there is no doubt it's the best Mourvèdre rosé I have tasted outside of Provence. Washington Mourvèdre is a grape on the rise and worth getting to know. As a red wine it is spicy, brooding and very intense, but as rosé its penchant for savory herbs and wild game are tempered by bright red fruits and dried wild flowers.

The price: $20 

Find it: Esquin, Pike & Western, Village Wines

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