my favorite pink wines

What’s pink and red? Beautiful spring sunsets, strawberries, and pink wine! Yes, pink wine — it’s not that soda pop stuff anymore! My ‘go to’ rosé wines are not overly sweet, are well-balanced with acidity, and have bright, crisp flavors that pair well with … well, strawberries! Rosé wines are meant to be drunk young, and a new crop of them has just hit the market. Here are my faves for this spring: Treveri Sparkling Rosé, JM Cellars Rosé, Brian Carter Cellars Abbracadabra Rosé. And what do I serve with them? a colorful, flavorful version of an Italian caprese salad!


Insalata Caprese alla Primavera (Spring Caprese Salad)

In the spring I long for the days of summer and the wonderful Italian Insalata Caprese. This salad satisfies my hunger with a bit of a different twist!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 10 strawberries
  • handful of fresh arugula
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salish Alderwood Smoked Salt coarse grain
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cut or tear mozzarella into chunks (I prefer chunks).
  2. Arrange on four salad plates.
  3. Thinly slice strawberries over cheese.
  4. Scatter arugula on top; sprinkle with cranberries.
  5. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Serves 4

Here’s how to obtain beautiful evenly sliced strawberries with a kitchen tool you already own.





You can add raspberries as well.


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