Everything’s Coming Up Rosé
Rosé’s reputation as the perfect summertime poolside or beach sip precedes it—but it doesn’t define it. This rosy-pink charmer is versatile enough to be enjoyed year-round, and as its popularity skyrockets, it’s become easy to find no matter the season. So, slip on your rosé-tinted glasses, grab one of our favorite bottles and raise an early-spring toast!
Fun Facts About Rosé:
- Rosé may be having a moment, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. The first rosés date back to the Phoenicians, circa 1550 B.C.–300 B.C., and the ancient Greeks, circa 600 B.C.
- Not to be confused with blush wines, rosés are not made from a mix of red and white grapes. They’re typically made from red grapes and are drier and less sweet than blush wines.
- Most rosés aren’t meant to be aged; they’re usually best within a year of bottling.
- In one of the most common ways to make rosé, vintners squeeze the juice from red grapes, allowing the juice to touch the grape skin for just a short amount of time, producing the pink color. Then the juice is allowed to ferment without the grape skins.
- The Provence region of France produces most of the world’s best rosés, but other countries and regions such as Austria, Tuscany, South Africa, Greece and the Pacific Northwest United States have also produced impressive rosés.
LVE Rosé Crafted from grapes grown in the south of France, this pale pink rosé exudes fruitiness and elegance, with aromas of peach blossom, raspberry and apricot. The taste is light and crisp with notes of fresh-picked strawberry and white nectarine.
Garzón Rosé This wine comes from Uruguay, one of Latin America’s emerging wine growers on the same latitude as Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The nose is intense and fruity, with aromas reminiscent of red fruits and wildflowers.
JNSQ Rosé Clean and aromatic, this rosé has a touch of strawberry and Bing cherry. Savory herbal and white floral notes make it elegant and crisp—perfect for poolside sipping or serving at a backyard BBQ. Delicious on its own, this balanced, versatile wine pairs well with a range of foods.
Saint Hilaire Brut Rosé This French winery close to the Mediterranean Sea crafts award-winning sips that are served in some of Europe’s finest restaurants. This sparkling rosé brings notes of green apple and tangerine oil, with floral hints of lavender.
Miraval Rosé This lively French rosé opens with aromas of fresh fruit, currants and rose, with a zest of lemon. It’s made from a blend of cinsault, grenache, rolle and syrah grapes, and ends with a long finish and lemony notes.
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé Luscious and festive, this sparkling wine from Napa Valley, California has a light pink color and is made primarily from Pinot Noir grapes. A portion of the wine is initially fermented in the press, giving it soft, fruity characteristics, while a hint of Chardonnay creates a balanced structure. Notes of black cherry and strawberry are followed by graham cracker and mineral flavors leading to a crisp, dry finish.
French Blue Bordeaux Rosé This dry, easy-to-drink rosé from Bordeaux is 80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s crisp and refreshing, with delicious flavors of strawberry, watermelon and cherry. Perfect for long lunches and outdoor gatherings.
Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rosé Fresh, fruity and bold, this wine celebrates the Mediterranean Art de Vivre. Its originality extends beyond the rose-shaped bottle, with notes of summer fruits, cassis and red currant that stem from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah from the Languedoc region of France. The finish is fresh and full with notes of strawberry and lingering citrus.
Chateau de Eslcans Whispering Angel Considered one of the world’s greatest rosés, this wine is made from grapes grown on an exceptional site in Provence. Primarily a blend of Grenache, Vermentino and Cinsault, this fresh and pretty rosé features flavors of white peach, mango and white cherry fruit. Hints of watermelon and cranberry lead to a dry finish with balanced acidity.
Decoy Rosé Inspired by the great rosé wines of Provence, Decoy is dry with lovely aromatics, pure fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Each bottle is specially fermented in stainless steel and made from a blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir. Enticing aromas of grapefruit, strawberries and honeydew lead to bold fruit flavors with a hint of mineral and spice.
Lion and the Lily Rosé From the Bordeaux wine region, this Merlot-based rosé boasts aromas of bright summer berries and fresh cherries. It’s exceptionally fresh, complex, full-bodied and elegant, perfect on its own or served with a range of cuisine. The label features the coat of arms of Bordeaux signifying strength, beauty, and the preservation of nature.
Daou Paso Robles Rosé Inspired by the renowned rosé wines of Provence, France, this gorgeous, pale pink wine has ripe fruit aromas and notes of hyacinth, apricot and crushed rose petals. There’s a hint of sweet cherry and vanilla with orange peel accents in the secondary layers that leave you wanting another sip.