Rosé can be sickeningly sweet or boring, but the McKenzie Clan rosé I found on a random wine-tasting adventure is dry and packed with spicy flavor. It’s redolent of sun-ripened green peppers, and intense with every sip. On a side note, it’s from a tiny family-run winery in the Los Carneros region of California’s Napa Valley. When I dropped by with a friend (and without a reservation), the vintners were happy to let us taste all of their available wines, on the spot.

2006 McKenzie Clan Rosé, $19

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