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.
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, Wine.com, and Merchant of Wine (a kick-ass online retailer).
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.
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 Wine.com.
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. This wine is widely available at: Total Wine, BevMo, Wine.com, and Drizly.
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.
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 wine.com and if you’re local to LA: Wally’s Wine & Spirits and the Wine House.
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. This is a winery exclusive, and can be purchased at the link above.
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. These cans are available at: Total Wine, Drizly, BevMo, Target, and Mission Wine & Spirits if you are in LA. Also available in bottle.