Sweet, ripe tomatoes and rosé are a match made in heaven! But the rosé needs to be bone-dry, with round fruit notes and a clean finish.

Think rosés made with Southern Rhône and Italian varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignane and Sangiovese.

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bocconcini and Basil

Wine pick: Bonny Doon Vineyard, 2008 Vin Gris de Cigare, Santa Cruz CA. $15.

I will confess I am partial to Bonny Doon’s wines, but the 2008 Vin Gris de Cigare is one of the finest rosés I’ve tasted. I keep several bottles well chilled at all times.

A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Roussanne, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache Blanc, it is perhaps untypical of a Southern Rhône rosé since two white grapes (Roussane and Grenache Blanc) have found their way into the blend — but to me, the 2008 Vin Gris de Cigare is a quintessential rosé.

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