Roses are the party girls of wines, bright and breezy. Pour a glass and you're just about bound to have fun.
DiamAndes 2015 Perlita Rosado, produced in the Valley de Uno in Argentina's Mendoza region and dolled up in a flirty pink-and-white striped bottle, will sparkle at any summer party. Available at wine shops for about $14, it's produced using 100 percent malbec grapes.
This wine is seriously pink, vibrant as a rosebud. Even on the nose it hints at rose petals, along with a rush of raspberries.
Those berries bloom on the tongue, too, along with notes of tart Morello cherry, sweet strawberry and juicy watermelon. Just a touch of vanilla gives all that fruit a lush roundness; the crisp finish has a refreshing hint of key lime.
Perlita Rosado is a perfect aperitif, but (unlike a lot of roses) it has enough structure to pair with food as well. It would perk up a brunch next to French toast and crunchy bacon. Try it with a green salad topped with shrimp, white peach and avocado, or — hey, it's a party — sip it with a slice of coconut cake.
Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer