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Is there anything more "classic summer" than the hot sun bouncing off a metallic Airstream trailer?

My family's old Airstream had an 8-track player and a musty smell. This one is guaranteed to be a heck of a lot cuter. Just in time for summer, Malene Wines is throwing open the shiny doors of its 1969 "Malene Scene" Airstream Overlander trailer and inviting one and all to taste two new rosé releases. A sister winery to Chamisal Vineyards, Malene Wines has parked the unique "tasting trailer" adjacent to Chamisal at 7767 Orcutt Road in SLO (super Instagrammable, to be sure).

Want in on this sweet wine experience? The trailer will be open for tasting on Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, it will also hit the road this summer in search of beachy fun, music festivals, and foodie events (as it turns out, chilled Malene rosé on tap adds a rosy hue to any shindig).

The Airstream, which was sourced, rebuilt, and customized specifically for the Malene rosé brand, isn't a sardine can, either. Indeed, it is roomy enough to accommodate a tasting bar and cozy seating for several guests. The newly released wines produced by winemaker Fintan du Fresne include a bandol-style rosé of mourvèdre, and an old vine rosé of grenache, made from 44-year-old vines. The two new wines join Malene's recently released 2017 flagship cuvée, and all three will be on tap in the Airstream this summer. That's a little bit more sophisticated than the family road cooler packed with juice boxes and ham sandwiches, no?

Go to malenewines.com for more information. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain prefers her rosé from a vintage trailer at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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