Last year you may recall that I declared spring and summer to be rosé and caftan season, and let me tell you it was pretty grand floating through the apartment in a breezy caftan with no pants and sipping rosé on our balcony on particularly balmy evenings. I have no way to prove this but I’m convinced that this declaration was extremely beneficial in helping us enjoy our last New England summer. We made sure to head to the local beach as often as possible and sometimes I’d even ditch my car at the office and we’d walk home on a Friday night after a delicious dinner at Dinosaur Barbecue, and naturally we made many trips into the city. While we had no idea how chaotic things would get by August, I’d like to think that we were slightly better-equipped to handle all the change headed our way but that’s probably the hindsight talking.
Well, this year I’m going to take a similar tact and declare that it will be again a season of rosé and caftans–I even have my eye on a new one to mark the occasion–but since we’re no longer living within ten minutes of a beach, I also felt that I needed to add something new to the mix. Caftans are still all well and good for hanging around our apartment as I’ve heard that “swamp-ass” is an apt descriptor of Baltimore weather during the height of summer, but it’s also time to add something a bit more, well, company-and-outside-appropriate to my summer aesthetic. I just have to wait for something to eventually make it to my doorstep prior to writing about it.
In the meantime, though, let me tell you about some of the things we’re excited to do this summer: riding the water taxi across the harbor, walking over to Camden Yards for Orioles games, going to restaurants other than those within a four-block radius because walking is a pleasure once again, and making our way to the big farmers market that for whatever reason is held under I-83 every Sunday. There’s a trip to the Delaware shore planned that we’re really looking forward to as well, but mostly I’m just looking forward to the prospect of getting to know our new town.
There will be lots of (sustainable) seafood made, fresh air to take in, and new neighborhoods to explore. To put it simply: I’m so excited.
I’ve already found some really interesting new-to-us roses to also mark the new season:
- Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese: This California rose is good…but for a wine described as a dry one, it wasn’t really dry enough for me, at least on first taste. There’s a slight effervescence to it, though, that’s pretty appealing, and Michael really enjoyed it, so I feel like I need to give it one more try.
- Notre Dame De Cousignac Luberon: See, now this is what I think of when I think of rose. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s French, but this is so light and pleasing while not being too sweet to my tongue. There’s more of a minerality to this that I don’t detect in the California rose, but what do I know–Michael preferred that to this one.
- iGreco Rosato: This is definitely a little sweeter compared to the other two, but it’s very easy to drink. I want to try this with some spicy Italian seafood since it harkens from the Calabrian region–I feel like it would go very nicely with the garlic and chilli calamari from Franny’s.
I’ll update here with any other notable wines I find, but I’ll also be doing so on Instagram so you can also following along there!