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Elicio Rosé

Cost: Average price $10

Where buy now: Sorella Wines & Spirits Sale – $5

Grapes: Grenache & Cinsault

Region: France

Vintage: 2011

Elicio Rose

Rosé typically rings in Spring, but with the sub-freezing BS throughout March, Spring seems eons away. I’m grasping for anything to help remind me that better weather will be here. Remember what your patio looked like? Remember the smell of multiple grills burning food stuffs throughout the neighborhood? Remember not cursing to yourself every time you walked outside?

Besides sucking down 5,000 IUs of Vitamin D and gluing my face to my light box, Rosé will be my third little helper. This trifecta will prevent my soul from succumbing to this never-ending weather suckage.

Today, I was right hungover. After seeing my new favorite local band, The Blackberry Brandy Boys, then staying up eating pizza with the hubby, watching Netflix until we passed out on the couch around 4am, I “made my bed”. So I laid in it. Well, on a reformer carriage. I got my sad ass out of bed for my 11:30 Pilates class then laid around watching some March Madness.

Later, we met a friend at Sorella Wines & Spirits for their Spring wine sale. There were tons of wines to sample and I didn’t want a one. I wanted a bed and maybe a doobie to help me slip off into a winter slumber. My husband got a glass and went with- the old “hair of the dog” strategery. He emphatically sang the praises for the Elicio Rosé. That’s right, my husband is a pink wine drinker. Listen up all you men: there’s no shame in this. A lady loves to see a man bury his face in a pink glass to check out the nose, then wrap his eager lips around the glass as he confidently wets them with the pink nectar.

Anyways, *ahem*, his sheer excitement was quite refreshing for these tired eyes so we grabbed a glass to join in. Wow. The nose had a strawberry/watermelony whiff. Not sweet like a jolly rancher but a bright fruit forward flavor, creamy body, balanced by a mineral dryness. We took a sip, then looked at each other. It’s good. Really good. Wait, it’s on sale for $5? It’s stupid good!

Now, we are counting down the days for Solo Vino’s Rosé Tent Tasting May 19th. Perhaps you think our standards for Rosé are low due to anticipation, but I don’t think so. I think this is some damn good French juice, so at this price, I had no choice but to stock up. If you’re at all on the fence about Rosé, pick this bottle up and give it a try, a $5 non-gamble that will have you sucking down bottle after bottle. So, if we can’t have Springtime physically, we can at the very least, have it mentally. This Elicio Rosé will help get you there, at least until the real thing arrives.

Finca Flichman Extra Brut Sparkling Wine

Cost: Average price $10.99

Where buy now: Zipp’s Liquor Store

Grapes: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Malbec

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Vintage: N/A

Finca Flichman Sparkling Wine

I love the band Boston. I think they are awesome. I remember waiting in line for “The Demon”- a roller coaster at Six Flags Great America. To get your adrenaline levels even higher, they’d pump classic rock tunes while you wait. With their tune “Smokin’” a-blaring, my similarly coiffed (read: big) girlfriend warbling along, I thought, “Yep, they got the goods.”

This memory got me thinking: what wine would rock dudes drink? I know, I know- I’m sure their fair share of Jägermeister, whiskey, beer and whatever else they have on hand flow like water, but what about the vino? The easy answer would be champagne: celebratory, popping corks, liquid fizzing and oozing all over them and their groupies. A barbaric, animalistic kind of simile if ever there was one.

I think I’ve found that wine, nay, bubbly. But, at this price point, you can afford to spray it all over you and whoever else flashed the security guard.

This week’s white is not actually white, but a pale, orangish pink. It is in it’s own category, actually, but since it does contain 80% Chardonnay, this is what I offer up to you. (Cleveland: are you ready to rock?!?!?) Straight outta City Pages Best of 2012 Liquor store, Zipps, I bring you Finca Flichman Extra Brut! This wine is all suds and fun. Persistent bubbles overfloweth like sweet sounds from a Marshall stack, while the orangey pinkish hue jazzes it up like a good pair of leather pants. Yeah, it’s cool, and cool people drink pink wine.

This is a great wine to have on hand for any occasion. It’s light, a little fruity, a little citrusy, a little dry, and definitely not shy on bubbles. When you’re done drinking it, you can belch with the best of ‘em. (I drank this down with popcorn, ‘cause that’s how rock ‘n roll I was on a Monday night.)

With a $10 price point, bring it to a birthday party, toast to someone’s good fortune, get naked and shake it all about – or all the above. However you unleash your inner rock star, grab this sparkling wine and turn it up to 11.