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MiSueno 2009 Rose, Napa Valley

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Mi Sueño 2009 Rosé, Napa Valley, $20:

This brilliant Rosé made by my friend Rolando Herrera is a unique blend of 30 percent Pinot Noir, 50 percent Syrah and 20 percent Malbec. The bouquet explodes with fresh strawberries, and from underneath come touches of white-pepper-dusted raspberries. In the mid-palate, you get a pretty mouthful. All of this is wrapped up in soft Malbec-infused rose petals. The finish features a clean, bright acidity.

Where to find it:

At The Firehouse Restaurant for $9 a glass or directly from Mi Sueño winery at

What to eat with this wine:

Roasted beets, fresh strawberries, pickled onions and mache with fresh goat cheese and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Mario Ortiz is the wine director, general manager and sommelier for The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento.