This month’s Value Wine No. 2 is a perfect summer sipper: a lively, crisp blush wine from the State of Washington: the 2012 Charles and Charles Rose. A French Rhone-style blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache, this blush wine is light, spicy and full of red fruit with a touch of clove. The Charles and Charles Rose finishes bone dry, a delicious contrast to the fruit on the nose of this Rose. It should be served chilled like a white wine. Widely available for $12 or so, the 2012 Charles and Charles Rose was recently named the “Best Buy of the Week” by Wine Spectator, which hung a very respectable 88 rating on the wine. If you wish to sample a delicious blush wine but prefer to spend your hard-earned green on American rather than French or Italian products, this Charles and Charles offering is an outstanding choice! I was introduced to this Rose recently by friends while on vacation as an appetizer wine, and the verdict of our group was that the Charles and Charles Rose was both unique and delicious, either alone or paired with light cheeses, seafood appetizers or even cheese pizza. This blush wine provides a great excuse to Think Pink!