It's official; the summer of 2009 will go down in history as the summer that everybody died. Well, not everybody, thank god, but a pretty hefty number of icons have passed on this summer. Walter Cronkite, Ed McMahon, Steve McNair, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and John Hughes. The question is really who's next? (I got that answer this morning; Les Paul. Les Paul, was next.) It's always been difficult for me to feel sad at the passing of someone I didn't personally know, but when I saw John Hughes picture on the front page of the newspaper, I was sad.

I think it is almost impossible to fathom the impact John Hughes had on film. People know him as the writer/director of such teen hits as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Sixteen Candles. What people may not know is that he also wrote National Lampoon's Vacation, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone. Most people think that he stopped writing in the 80's. But, John Hughes was writing up until 2008 under the pen-name Edmond Dantes, the main character from The Count of Monte Cristo (which happens to be my favorite book.) He's credited with writing over 30 movies, a pretty impressive chunk of which happen to be undisputed classics.

We certainly haven't meant to make our website some sort of memorial service for passing legends, but this summer just sort of happened that way. And being in possession of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack on vinyl made it almost impossible to pass up the opportunity to say a few words about an great man. And yes, we went with rosé, obvious maybe, but how could we pass up such a perfect pairing?

Domaine de Triennes is a partnership between a few men, one of whom is the co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, one of the most sought after estates in Burgundy. They wanted to make wine in The Var, an area in the south of France, and chose a small winery with vineyards that had been around since Etruscan times. They were convinced that the south facing slopes of the vineyards and the clay and limestone soil would produce great wines. They were right. This rosé is about as good as it gets. It is comprised mostly of Cinsault, a blending grape in the south that tends to make lovely rosés. A beautiful salmon color, the nose is exquisite with delicately fruity notes of ripe strawberry and cantaloupe. The palate is smooth and well balanced, with more fruit and slightly floral notes coupled with a lip-smackingly juicy mouthfeel. It may be the perfect rosé, at least by my standards. And yes, I have to make the pun, this wine is Some Kind Of Wonderful.

TRIENNES ROSÉ, 2008