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.
Disclaimer: These wines were all received as samples.
I’m not normally one to celebrate and capitalize on any National _______ Day. BUT, today is National Rosé Wine Day and if ever there is a day to celebrate, today is it! I won't open this piece by boring you with statistics about how much rosé is now being consumed in the US. However, let’s just say that it is A LOT. It’s almost as if 2-3 years ago everyone woke up from their White Zinfandel/Blush PTSD haze and decided that pink wine was cool again. That, and the fact that a new generation of wine consumers in their early 20s are looking for a light, easy, and affordable ways to drink and be sophisticated. Rosé provides just that. So, today I tasted seven rosés (tough job) that I find to be tasty and affordable. Enjoy!
Crafted in the classic Provençal style, Cape Bleue is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre. This wine is made in the Méditerranée IGP region of southern France that covers part of Provence and the Rhone Valley. The use of the Méditerranée IGP allows for less stringent winemaking rules and grape usage. This wine is like a rosé fruit basket of strawberries, watermelon, and grapefruit with a little bubble gum thrown in. Plus a hint of garrigue (dried herbs) that the area is known for. At $12.99, it’s also quite wallet-friendly. And no residual sugar, which makes me happy, as I prefer my rosés dry AF!
This guy wins for the best price in the bunch at $10.99 a bottle. My family is from Argentina, so Malbec sits near and dear to my heart. Portillo, located in the heart of Argentina’s Uco Valley, in Mendoza, is home to some of the highest elevations on the planet. Made from 100% Malbec, this rosé is versatile and food-friendly. I get a tad bit darker fruit on this wine….mainly plums and cherries. Also, I think there is a SLIGHT residual sugar to this wine, that really suits it. In short, good acid, super refreshing, and a steal of a deal.
Created by an Amarone producer, Bertarose is a unique blend of 75% Molinara and 25% Merlot. Valpolicella wines use one of the classic grapes to make their wine, Molinara. In addition, the other 2 main Valpo grapes include Corvina and Rondinella. Bertani (the winemaker) discovered the delicate character of the Molinara grape was well-suited to rosé and the addition of Merlot rounds the wine out. A much more floral nose on this rosé. I get notes of white flowers (i.e. elderflower) plus bright, juicy strawberries and tangerine notes. This is a quaffable “pool friendly” wine to enjoy on a hot summer day.
The lightest color of the bunch, this New Zealand rosé is in production with the country’s signature Sauvignon Blanc grape and just a splash of Merlot for color. This is an interesting one. I can’t say that I have ever had a rosé that was predominantly Sauvignon Blanc. Already enjoying Sauv Blanc? Try something new! Definitely a home run.
Mas de la Dame translates to “farm of the lady”, a nod to owners Anne Poniatowski and Caroline Missoffe, the dynamic female duo behind the winery. Certified organic by ECOCERT, Mas de la Dame’s La Gourmand Rosé is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 10% Cinsault. I get loads of citrus fruit on this wine, such as tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. Also, strawberries and raspberries and a faint floral note to really round it out. To sum up, this is a pleasing and quite feminine wine, ironically made by female winemakers.
This wine comes from Sonoma’s Bennett Valley, a fog-shrouded valley that draws cool breezes from three directions, trapping cool air for most of the day. A nice deep pink color with a copper/orange hue, and notes of tart cherries, strawberries, and nectarines. Certainly, this wine has the most structure of the bunch.
If you want to splurge on some pink bubbles, here you go. This Champagne is the classic Champagne blend of Chardonnay (34%), Pinot Meunier (33%), and Pinot Noir (33%). A beautiful pale pink color with persistent bubbles sets the tone. Fresh red fruit leads (strawberries, raspberries) as well as some stone fruit (peach/nectarine). Certainly, a delightful, balanced rosé Champagne that would make even the most discerning wine lover happy. Not all rosé is built for the #roséalldaycrowd. This is a fine example.
Disclaimer: These wines were received as samples for review
Did you know that today is Miniature Golf Day, National Chai Day, World Peace Day, AND International Grenache Day?
I didn't think so.
Just about every day of the year has some sort of "holiday" attached to it. You can Google the date and find out what random and obscure holiday is celebrated that day. Most of these "holidays" are no more than a ploy to get people to consume and buy stuff. The same goes for wine days. Throughout the year we celebrate different wine grapes, regions, and styles by giving the day a name. Yes, these holidays are created by regional marketing associations and PR firms. BUT, I will say that it does give consumers a chance to step outside of their wine comfort zone and try something new!
Being that today is International Grenache Day, why not go to your local wine shop after work and pick up a bottle of Grenache/Garnacha to enjoy this Friday night? It's a perfect excuse to jazz up your Friday night and "Up Your Wine Game".
Have you tried a Grenache before? Here are some basic facts about Grenache that you may not know.
Grenache is a red grape that makes a wine that (as a general rule) is on the lighter side in terms of body, tannins, and acidity. Grenache can be used to make both red wines and rosé wines. There is also a variety called Grenache/Garnacha Blanca that is used to make a white wine. Don’t think of this wine as “wimpy”. Grenache can be bold and spicy and is a fabulous wine to go with grilled meats. Common aromas and flavors found in Grenache include red, sometimes candied, fruit such as strawberry and raspberry; also spice such as clove, white pepper, and cinnamon. Grenache grows well in warm climates and can be found in places like: Spain (Cariñena, Priorat, Rioja), France (Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rhone, Provence), California, and Australia. It is even called Cannonau in Sardinia. Grenache is originally from Spain where it is known as Garnacha. It is the predominant grape in DOP Cariñena, in the northern Aragón region.
What makes Grenache such a unique wine is its versatility. It is a great varietal wine (meaning a wine that is named after the dominant grape variety), but also is a good partner in blends to add spice or to soften the acid or tannins of the partner variety. The other great thing about Grenache is that there are so many value-priced Grenaches of incredible quality. You don’t have to spend a ton to get good wine.
Fun fact: All that #roséallday #rosébae you’ve been drinking is predominantly Grenache. That’s right: Grenache is one of the most popular grapes vinified as a rosé. See, you’ve been drinking Grenache, loving it, and you didn’t even know it! Do me this favor: walk into your local wine shop and ask the salesperson to help you find a good Grenache for under $20/bottle. You will thank me later! Here are a couple Spanish Grenache wines I'm drinking today for International Grenache Day.
Corona de Aragòn White Garnacha 2017 (12.5% ABV)
This wine is from the Cariñena appellation in Spain. There is also 13% Chardonnay blended in. The wine is pale lemon in color. On the nose, I get citrus (lemon), green fruit (pear). Very primary and fresh. A youthful wine. On the palate, I get a marked salinity, as well as the same primary fruit notes. The wine has medium -acid, medium body, medium + flavor intensity, and a medium + finish that lingers. This wine is vibrant. It's fun and lively and is a GREAT alternative to the usual white wine suspects: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.
Origium Garnacha Rosé 2016 (12.5% ABV)
This wine is a medium, bright pink color. The notes here are wholly primary, both on the nose and on the palate. Red fruit abounds: cherry, strawberry, and raspberry. There is a faint floral note: perhaps rose petals? This wine is bright and juicy. Everything you want in a rosé. And this ain't no delicate, pale rosé from Provence. This wine is BRIGHT pink and can really stand up to food. Think grilled seafood, or a salad with grilled chicken. I would be a nice companion to most summer fare.