We’re pretty much obsessed with rosés this summer, so this month’s wine recommendations came easily. Rosés are no longer soley sweet and forgettable. We’ve tasted noteworthy examples from around the globe that are restrained, balanced and elegant. Stock up and sip a few of these before the summer comes to an end!
TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD “Patelin de Tablas” Rosé 2013 (Paso Robles, CA) $20
It's no surprise that Château de Beaucastel's Perrin family makes a beautiful, Rhone-style rosé from grenache, syrah & mourvèdre in Paso Robles, California. Light salmon in color with flavors of wild strawberry and grilled peaches, this versatile wine is great with most summer fare. Find it here.
CLOS TRIGUEDINA “Vin de Lune’” Malbec Rosé 2013 (Cahors, France) $15
When you think rosé, I’m sure the last grape that comes to mind is malbec. It was for me, until I visited Cahors, France last June. Malbec from Cahors is known as ‘black wine’ due to its inky hue. After tasting hundreds of tannic, full-bodied, unctuous (yet remarkable) malbecs, my palate was begging for something refreshing. And voila…I found malbec rosé! But not just any malbec rosé, the first in the region! Clos Triguedina has been producing wine for seven generations, yet proves to be one of the most forward-thinking wineries in the appellation. This rosé is Provençal in style with aromas of lime zest and strawberries and a briny finish. Find it here.
AMEZTOI GETARIAKO Txakolina Rubentis 2013 (Getaria, Spain) $19
Who cares if you can’t pronounce the name of the wine or the two grapes that make up this spritzy summer sipper (Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, for those who want to give it a shot). This wine is an absolute must if you love crisp, thirst-quenching, palate-cleansing juice. At only 10.5% ABV, this wine simply begs to be enjoyed all day long, starting with breakfast. Find it here.
XAVIER FLOURET “Nationale 7” Rosé 2013 (Côtes de Provence, France) $17
This rosé represents summer to me – salmon colored, aromas that are floral with a touch of peach and strawberry, and an elegant, long finish. It has good balanced acidity with a little minerality, so it is not too sweet. Just classic Provençal deliciousness! Find it here.
SOKOL BLOSSER Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 (Dundee Hills, OR) $22
When I want rosé, my go-to wines are from Provence. However, if your palate begs for something a bit different, you may be surprised by how much you enjoy the beautiful rosé from Sokol Blosser in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. It offers subtle flavors of orange and citrus combined with bright red fruits and a hint of cantaloupe. The wine makes a lovely start to a hot summer night when paired with a light salad or seafood. Refreshing, delectable and definitely worth checking out! Find it here.
DOMAINES OTT “Chateau Romassan” Rosé 2013 (Provence, France) $47
I tried this rosé for the first time at the beach over the 4th of July weekend and can’t think of a better way to enjoy it. It has pleasant citrus aromas with refreshing and subtle flavors. Perfect for a hot summer day, whether with food or alone. Though outside of my usual price range, this wine would make a nice host or hostess gift for a summer party. Find it here.
INMAN FAMILY “Endless Crush” Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 (Russian River Valley, CA) $25
I had the pleasure of tasting this wine with Kathleen Inman at a lunch she prepared at her estate. When I’m craving rosé, I rarely look further than Provence. But this rosé made from pinot noir grapes blew me away. The wine’s mouthwatering acidity makes it dangerously quaffable. With only three hours on the skins, the “Endless Crush” displays beautiful notes of wild strawberries, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, lavender and cotton candy. This is a wine to sip for the dog days ahead. Find it here.