Undoubtedly, rosé rules. There are no ifs, ands, or buts. You’ve most definitely seen dudes rosé-ing all day, seen the pink wine sold in forties, and most likely heard the term brosé at least once somewhere by now (heck, people are even cooking with rosé). Now, we’re finally here to talk about the wine itself and, more specifically, why you should be drinking it this 2021.
Already drinking rosé? Skip to the bottom to check out some of the best rosé wines for your next hot date, guys’ night, or solo Netflix binge. Otherwise, check out our list of the best rosé wines below.
To kick off, here are ten different rosés we think you should try. Whether you’re looking for a cheap international bottle or you just want a healthier drink for relaxation, we got you covered.
Hahn Family Wines 2019 Rosé
A beaming Pinot Noir rosé from coastal northern California, this wine is made entirely in stainless steel. The Santa Lucia Highlands fruit ripens slowly thanks to nearby Monterey Bay, leading to an easy-drinking wine with notes of melon and citrus. In short, it’s pure and pillowy on the palate.
Alìe 2017 Frescobaldi
A dry summer and just enough spring rain made for an optimal growing season for this elegant rosé from Alìe, made from blending Syrah and Vermentino (grown near the sea in the coastal town of Maremma, Italy). Delicate on the top with wildflower, strawberry, and citrus peel, there’s an earthy mineral base that grounds the wine, making it a lengthy, complex drink. Don’t confuse this rosé with a light spritzer — it’s strong enough to hold its own. Pair with heavily spiced dishes.
Famille Perrin Reserve Côtes du Rhône 2019 Rosé
For the price, this wine more than delivers. It’s redolent of strawberry taffy, rose petals, and bubble gum, boasting aromatics that can’t be contained in the glass. Essentially, it sums up all of the best pink flavors in one harmonious, spring-ready wine. Provence may be more widely known for its rosés, but the Rhone can produce bargains with just as much gravity.
Corollary 2017 Momtazi Carbonic Rosé
Oregon sparkling continues its upward ascension with this tasty offering. Sourced from Momtazi Vineyard, a fantastic Willamette Valley site, the wine is berry-driven and a little wild, with an added freshness that tends to shadow the carbonic maceration approach. Northwest winemakers have long appreciated the vineyard for its character-driven Pinot Noir and this wine reflects such collective sentiment, with the added joy of bubbles.
M de Minuty Rosé 2019
A dry rosé that stands out with aromatic peach and candied orange, this more translucent pink wine, M de Minuty Rosé 2017, is the epitome of a perfect, fresh summer rosé. The light and bright color is the result of blending Grenache and Cinsault, forming a nose packed with intense orange peel and red currant aromas. That being said, Minuty is smooth in the mouth with a nice acidic crispness. Perfect with fresh-caught prawns and apricot pie. The slim bottle adds a touch of modern.
Raimat Rosada Rosé 2018
If you’re new to the wine game in general, let us tell you a secret: You can get a bunch of great bottles for under $15. In fact, most women don’t like spending tons of dough on their rosé, and neither should you. The Spanish Raimat Rosada rosé is $12 a bottle but tastes out of your budget. The 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Tempranillo rosé is pleasant and fresh (not too acidic) and sustainably grown — which you usually have to pay extra for. Pour a glass alongside a plate of pasta.
Tenuta di Fessina Erse Etna 2018 Rosato
This volcano wine from Mt. Etna in Italy is a broad spectrum flavor, full of appealing tension. There’s pomegranate, earth, and vibrant acidity with a slight saline quality. It proves the vast worth of the Nerello Mascalese grape, which is fantastic as a red but also attention-grabbing as a pink wine (although it’s quite dark for a rosé). The Etna Rosato has the proper amount of funk, just enough to complement fellow flavors and stand out from the large rosé herd.
Isenhower Cab Franc Rosé 2017
Cab Franc makes for great red wine, but it might be even better as a rosé. This one from Washington has pronounced berry and rhubarb flavors and is made in the Loire style. In other words, minimal skin contact but a surprising amount of color and flavor. Rosé doesn’t have to be overly complex nor does it have to be boring. Isenhower’s falls somewhere in between.
Folk Machine Gamay Noir Rosé
This offering from Hobo Wine Company in California is made for spicy Thai food. Made entirely from Gamay Noir, the wine is full of red fruit, a bit of earth, and enough tannin to take on most entrees. The alcohol content is nice and low at around 10%, making it an ideal choice for afternoon sipping. It’s even bottled in a vessel made with a decent amount of recycled material and wears one of the better-looking labels out there. Gamay Noir is no longer just juice for Beaujolais; it’s dynamic and delicious in all kinds of forms.
Maal Ambiguo La Joven 2018 Blanco de Malbec
Malbec isn’t just the bold red we associate with steaks and toasts. Here’s an interesting Argentinian wine with a hit of pepper and a persistent and intriguing tanginess. Equal parts fruity and savory, it’s a fun rosé to match with smoked or spicy dishes or even brinier fare like conservas. The Ambiguo is an unexpected delight, equipped for al fresco dining.
Rosés Aren’t a Trend — They’re Here to Stay
“Rosé wines in their varying styles have taken a permanent seat for themselves at tables around the U.S., not to mention beaches, happy hours, parties, and more. That’s why winemakers are deciding it would make the perfect addition to their portfolios,” says Harry Hansen, director of winemaking at Sterling Vineyards of California.
There’s a Rosé for Every Beer and Whiskey You Love
There’s also a common misconception that all rosés are overly sweet and taste the same, which is so not the case. The world of rosé is huge, with styles that range from dry to sweet and hues from nearly colorless pink to red.
This huge variety not only means there’s a bottle of rosé out there for every white- or red-lover, but for regular beer or whiskey drinkers as well — so long as you can man-up and get over the “pink” factor.
There’s No Reason to Care about the Color
More or less, rosé is a combination of red and white grapes. “Winemakers create rosés of varying shades of pink by managing the length of contact between the juice and red grape skins during the winemaking process,” says Hansen.
Yes, it’s pink. So f*cking what? It’s not as if you’re not allowed to be seen with something pink on your plate or in your glass. In fact, a perfect medium-rare steak is pinker than rosé. A classic Hemingway daiquiri? Pink. Would you argue that a cocktail made by one of the manliest men ever manned would not be manly simply because of the color? No. And not just because he’d knock you out for even suggesting such a thing.
It’s Not White Zinfandel
When a lot of people think of pink wines, they think of white zinfandel, a cloyingly sweet wine that is best reserved for the Solo cups of relatives you don’t care much for at family barbecues. True rosés aren’t all sweet like white zin is. Sure, some can be sweet, but over the last few years, winemakers from around the world (mainly France, the U.S., and Italy, the world’s largest producers of rosé) have been making rosés across the spectrum of sweet and dry. If the thought of overly sweet wine turns your stomach, never fear. There is still a rosé for you.
You Look Cultured
Rosé is the wine of choice for many people in the warmer months. The cool crispness of a nicely chilled bottle helps while the hours away while sitting at a street-side café in Paris or Milan. Not heading overseas anytime soon? Just think of it this way: Do you want to seem like a jerk who scoffs at rosé when the girl you’re trying to get with orders some?
Answer: No. No, you don’t. If you do, that means you’re going home alone.
Winemaking had to start somehow, and it’s widely recognized that it was with wines that would resemble the rosés we know today. There was some contact between grape skins and juice — because they were stomped or squeezed by foot/hand — but not to the level that is done by machine today to achieve the dark colors we find in wines like pinot noirs.
They Pair Well with Tons of Foods
Just like reds and whites, rosés pair well with food. I mean, like really well. It doesn’t matter if it’s an outdoor brunch, a picnic, or even a barbecue, there is a rosé for the occasion. When you’re thinking of pairing combinations, typical rosé flavors fall closer to the white side of things, so light, fresh foods are a surefire hit—think fish, seafood, and salads. Plus, drinking rosé with dinner won’t leave you feeling stuffed and bloated.
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