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Hogwash” – an intriguing dry rose with a whimsical name – was the result of a wine auction in Atlanta and experienced imagination.

Winemaker Tuck Beckstoffer was asked to make a special wine for a whole hog, pig roast. Slated for September, Beckstoffer anticipated the day of the event would be hot and steamy.

He was right.

The wine wizard decided to create a Provence-style grenache rose that would be a perfect pairing for the dinner, the season and the occasion. The guests loved the wine and the appropriately named “Hogwash” was born.

At $16 this is “squealing” steal.

The 2013 selection is a refreshing blend from two classic Rhone vineyards in Mendocino County and the Central Coast. The blush pink hue in the glass lets the sipper know there is more excitement to experience in this vintage. Alluring aromas of tangy blood orange and gooseberry seduce the senses. Ripe, juicy citrus, lime zest and melon, and delightful rose petals mingle on the palate.

This unique rose is food friendly and ready for al fresco picnics in warmer climes. Pour this chilled with Asian minced chicken in lettuce cups, tuna sushi with avocado, spicy fish tacos, and barbecued shrimp with roasted jalapenos.

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