When is a non-Rosé practically a Rosé? When it's a young, simple Grenache from that Ginormous Grenache Growing zone that is Spain. Perhaps in in the books of some serious wine lovers, chilling down red wine is akin to drinking through a straw (see above, left). But when it's (still) extraordinarily hot outside, nothing hits the spot like a slightly chilled* berry-bucket Grenache like this:
Bodegas Marco Real Garnacha 2005 ($6-$9)
Like a Rosé, only in addition to Strawberry, you'll snort and sip flavors of mushed, fresh Raspberries and a hint of Blackberry. It's berry-rific. Actually, this is a surprisingly light-bodied wine, considering its inky-ruby color. Close your eyes and your palate will tell you, "this is a Rosé." But then, after opening your eyes, the brain will insist that you're sipping a red wine. A little cognitive dissonance never hurt anyone.
*Stick it in your Fridge for 25-30 minutes, or if you're the impatient type, jam it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.