An outdoor wedding or party on a hot day means guests will be in the mood for a cool refreshing drink, so think pink, because there’s nothing like sipping on a chilled glass of still or sparkling rosé wine to put everyone in a relaxed, summery state of mind. Plus, rosés pair well with so many different foods–from meats and seafood to cold salads and cheeses to spicy foods–so you don’t have to worry when planning your menu.
Now, rosés did get a bit of a bad rap a while ago and were often dismissed as cheaply made wines, but that just isn’t the case. There is a wide range of rosés – ranging from the palest of pinks to the darkest of hues and from bone dry to sweet–so you will easily find something that suits your tastes.
The type of red grape (i.e. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) and the style of winemaking affect the color and taste. I recently attended a rosé wine tasting and was fascinated by each winemaker’s story of how they created theirs–whether with the lightest kiss of only 1.5 hours pressed against the red grape skin to produce a pale color and a light, bright berry flavor, or a total commitment of 6 days of full grape skin contact for a deep pink color and a tart raspberry or strawberry flavor.
Here are a few of my favorite rosés:
Paradise View Rosé du Soleil:
Tasting Notes: Rich berry and caramel aromas with lots of luscious strawberry flavors. And how pretty is that bottle?!
Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Corallina Rosé:
Tasting Notes: Tart burst of bright red raspberry with a lovely creamy finish.
Quivira Grenache Rosé:
Tasting Notes: This one literally smells of rose petals; I think I could have sniffed my glass for hours! A dry tart finish with stonefruit flavors.
And two wonderful sparkling rosés:
Cheers to drinking pink!