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June 12, 2020

Kick-Ass Rosés

No need for an introduction here. These are the best rosé wines I’m loving at the moment. If you so choose: find them, drink them, the end. 

Tomorrow is National Rosé Day and may I suggest you grab a glass! Personally, I prefer dry rosé wine, and all of my recommendations below fall under that category. 

Chateau de Berne Inspiration Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018 $20

A textbook Provencal rosé and my #1 rosé pick this summer. Leads with red fruit (strawberry) plus a dried herbal note of garrigue (specifically lavender, basil, and thyme). Garrigue is dried brush common to the Mediterranean coast. Imagine fields/hills of dried herbs such as: lavender, sage, thyme, basil, etc. These brush bushes get windblown/dried from the strong mistral wind that blows in the area. When we talk about garrigue notes in a wine, we are referring to aromas and/or flavors of dried herbs. Plus racing acid. This has everything I want in a rosé wine. And the best part is that it’s easy to find! It can be found at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions,, and Merchant of Wine (a kick-ass online retailer). 

Chateau de Berne Inspiration Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2018

Fazi Battaglia Rosato Marche IGT 2019 $10.99

A great value! This is a rosé wine made with Montepulciano grapes from the Marche region of central Italy. A pale salmon color with citrus on the nose (orange peel) plus lots of savory, herbal notes such as dried thyme and rosemary. What I really love here is the very distinct, interesting note of salinity and brininess. Perfect for wine tasting Los Angeles!

Fazi Battaglia Rosato Marche IGT 2019

Au Contraire Rosé Sonoma 2019 $28.99

A Pinot Noir rosé wine from the Russian River Valley. Medium pink color with bright red fruit on the nose plus quince paste (weird, I know, but YES). This is a structured rosé with medium + body, great grippiness, and lingering orange zest. Yum! This wine can be found on

Au Contraire Rosé Sonoma 2019

Vanderpump Rosé Provence 2019 $20.99

A true Provencal rosé that hits all the right notes. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. Medium salmon color plus hints of pink. A citrus dominant nose (grapefruit) with a slight perfumed note.  On the palate, we have bright red fruit plus citrus and floral notes. This bottle is a perfect gift: good juice, beautiful bottle, perfect pricepoint, and a recognizable name. Perfect for wine tasting Los Angeles! This wine is widely available at: Total Wine, BevMo,, and Drizly

Vanderpump Rosé Provence 2019

Faisão Rosé Vinho Verde $12.99

This is a fun one. A rosé Vinho Verde (I didn’t even know such a thing existed!) made from Portuguese indigenous grapes: Espaidero, Borraç, and Padeiro. As a result, this wine has a whisper of sweetness, notes of candied red fruit (almost a watermelon Jolly Rancher), and a very pleasing slight effervescence. 

Faisão Rosé Vinho Verde

Daou Family Estates Rosé 2019 $22

This Paso Robles winery took a cue from the dry rosés of southern France. For instance, the beautiful red fruit leads (strawberry and watermelon), moving into orange, and nectarine. And a seductive floral aroma to wrap this with a bow. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Everything I want in a rosé. This wine is available at and if you’re local to LA:  Wally’s Wine & Spirits and the Wine House.   

Daou Family Estates Rosé 2019

Kenwood Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir 2019 $22

Deep pink color in a gorgeous tall, skinny bottle, this ripe, rich rosé from Sonoma is delish for the summertime. The wine is bone dry, however, the fruit is quite ripe (almost candied). I love this combination!  I don’t know if we can go into pools yet, but I want a glass of this (in a plastic tumbler) whilst I float in a pool. Perfect for wine tasting Los Angeles! This is a winery exclusive, and can be purchased at the link above. 

Kenwood Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir 2019
Day Owl Rosé California $20 (4-pack of cans)

I’m not gonna leave canned wine out of the mix! Yes, I do LOVE some canned wines. For example, this one is my GO-TO canned rosé. A blend of: 75% Barbera, 16% Grenache, 8% Syrah, and 1% Muscat. Hands down, this is my favorite canned wine. The grapes sourced from both the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Citrus notes of pink grapefruit and orange, plus red fruit (strawberry). Yum. Try it. It’s perfect for wine tasting Los Angeles of you are in a rush! These cans are available at: Total Wine, Drizly, BevMo, Target, and Mission Wine & Spirits if you are in LA. Also available in bottle. 

Day Owl Rosé California

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Brianne Cohen Wine Educator
Brianne Cohen is a Los Angeles-based certified sommelier, wine educator, consultant, and writer.

Brianne has educated and entertained over 10,000 people through her in-person and virtual wine tasting experiences.

Brianne holds the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Diploma certificate, one of the most coveted wine certifications in the world. When she’s not helping people Up Their Wine Game, she can be found judging at international wine competitions

Brianne aims to make wine approachable and conversational, to surprise and delight with unexpected wine finds, and to give people knowledge (and confidence) about wine in their everyday lives.

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