Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen or heard of rosé in the last year or so. You’ve seen people rosé-ing all day, you’ve seen it in forties, and you’ve probably heard the term brosé. We’re not here to talk about any of that (directly, at least). We’re here to talk about the wine itself and, more specifically, why you should be drinking it, like, six months ago already. Already drinking rosé? Skip to the bottom to check out some of the best rosés for your next summer gathering. Haven’t had it yet? Read on.
5. There’s No Reason to Care about the Color
If you can make it past this one, you’re pretty much golden from here on out. Also, if you’re still reading at this point, the color of rosé is probably already a moot point. Yes, it’s pink. So f*cking what? It’s as simple as that. It’s not as if as a man you’re not allowed to be seen with something pink on your plate or in your glass. A perfect medium-rare steak? Pink inside. A classic Hemingway Daiquiri? Pink. Would you argue that a cocktail made by one of the manliest men that 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.
4. 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 the 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 (though mainly France, the US, and Italy—the world’s largest producers of rosé) have been making rosés across the range of sweet and dry. If the thought of overly-sweet wine turns your stomach, never fear. There is still a rosé for you.
3. You Look Cultured
Outside the US, 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? Well, 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.
2. They Were Some of the First Wines Ever Made
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.
1. They Pair Well with Tons of Foods
Just like reds and whites, rosés pair well with food. It doesn’t matter if it’s an outdoor brunch, or a picnic, or hell, even a barbecue of some sort, 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 (think pinot grigio), so light, fresh foods are a surefire hit when paired with rosés. Think fish, seafood, and salads.
To get you started, here are five rosés we think you should try.
Domaine de la Grande Courtade L’Instant 2016
A blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Pinot Noir (20%), is fresh tasting and bursts with rich raspberry and strawberry flavors. On the sweeter side, L’Instant still manages a balanced palate that goes well with foie gras as well as salads.
Made by Chateau d’Esclans (creators of another popular rosé, Whispering Angel), Garrus is a blend of old vine Grenache (many of the vines being over eighty years old) and Vermentino (a primarily Italian white wine grape), Garrus is heavily aromatic with white peaches and newly-blossomed roses. The nose, though, does not do the body justice. This is a strong rosé if there ever was one.
A Chilean entrant on the list, Natura Rosé is a blend of Syrah (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), and Merlot (20%) that has an intense fruity nose that is followed by a fresh, silky body. The fruitiness on the palate goes really well with appetizers such creamy cheese with crackers.
La Petite Perrière 2016
A rosé from the new(ish) Vin de France designation, is a 100% Pinot Noir rosé that has a soft cherry nose followed by a light and fresh raspberry-shaded body that shows off the balance between the different terroirs of southern- and northern-grown French grapes.
VieVite is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah (all 30% each), and Carignan (10%) that greets you on the nose with tropical flower and fruit notes that lead into a slightly acidic body and a crisp, clean finish. The brightness of the wine goes perfectly with grilled white fish.