Forget about whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not. Ever since Don McLean sang his laments about this this mid-winter month in his anthem, “American Pie,” we’ve known that February always casts a dark shadow and has almost nothing to recommend it except the brief splash of merriment that is Valentine’s Day.
To lighten things up, this is the time of year when we move from drinking hearty reds to sipping snappy rosés that cut through overcast days and dreary nights. And this year we are adding another hue to our line of off-color pinks — the crystal clearness of ruby-colored wines.
Bordeaux has an excellent light wine that is clearer than a red but has more weight and color than a pink rosé. It’s called “clairet” (pronounced CLAIR-ay), and it is usually a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Clairets, just now gaining attention in the American market, are also served chilled and are excellent food wines — from salads with meat to hamburgers and barbecue.
Add to that lineup some sparkling rosés from around the globe, and we have a cadre of wines that will help you make it to March.