**This article first appeared in Santé Magazine on June 2023**
Summer is knocking on our door and that means it is the season to drink pink. On a warm summer day, a chilled glass of rosé is often the drink of choice for even the most discerning wine drinker. Perfect for those blue skies and dreamy summer sunsets. Nothing is more appealing, elegant and sexy than sipping Rosé All Day.
From Provence to Italy and around the globe, these are the best rosés to drink this summer. These spectacular rosés are dry, crisp, bright, and fresh. They leave you thinking, that this is what summer sipping is all about. Typically rosé wines have been great for summer poolside soirees, but there is also a premium rosé category that is great for year-round consumption and gastronomic wine pairings. So don’t be afraid to pair some of these delicious wines with your favorite summer recipes.
Château Peyrassol embodies all the luxuries of Provence. A rosé that is 100% estate fruit that offers the purest expression of great Provencal terroir, made from selected parcels of mainly old vines. The wine is elegant and complex with citrus and white floral notes. Soft, delicate and lively with freshness and salinity, makes this an exceptional wine. This is a quintessential Provence rosé that will pair elegantly with fine cuisine or light summer fare.
With an almost ethereal light salmon hue, the 2022 Tigress Rosé has ultra-pure aromas of white flowers, jasmine, fresh wild strawberries, and ripe white peach. The palate is fresh with mouthwatering acidity and bright notes of juicy pomelo. A pretty, pleasing texture and elegant fruit flavors linger through a long finish. Made à la Provençale, this Rutherford-born, old vine Grenache is lovely to sip by itself or paired with any light cuisine.
Sourced from Alma Rosa’s El Jabali estate vineyard, this complex, yet light and elegant rosé is marked by mouthwatering acidity and oceanic, saline minerality on the finish. This Rosé is sure to please any occasion, food or mood that may occur.
Cape Bleue Rosé features an ideal balance of Syrah and Mourvèdre harvested in mid-August from stony, limestone vineyards north of Aix-en-Provence in France. This is a rosé of pure elegance with a pleasing pale pink hue, revealing notes of fresh-picked strawberries, cherries, and raspberries.
Orsuro is full and delicious upon entry, followed by notes of citrus, grapefruit and white-fleshed fruit, showing a subtle soft character underpinned by a fine acidity, which adds structure and a refreshing finish. Crisp and fresh, this is the perfect wine to enjoy in the sun on a beautiful day.
Pinot Noir fans will love this rosé from the Leyda Valley in Chile. This rosé is full of tart red fruit and citrus aromas and flavors, and is creamy, but holds that racy acidity throughout with a well-balanced mouthfeel. It is ideal with summer seafood bakes and soft cheeses.
Barton & Guestier is the oldest wine house of Bordeaux, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, with three centuries of winemaking history and award-winning wines. The wine is a pale shiny pink color. Seductive and delicate with ripe red berries and white flowers on the nose. An explosion of fruit. Expressive on the palate with a nice freshness.
Grace Reserve is a sparkling non-vintage Brut Rosé. Made in the classic old world “Methode Champenoise”, using Pinot Noir from their estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The upward shower of bubbles effervescing in the glass turns into a lively and refined feel in your mouth and the finish is long and clean with mineral hints coated in lemon and tart raspberries. Perfect for any summer celebration.
Borsao is a delicious wine that has a red luminescent color with a warm glow of copper salmon. Has a vibrant aroma of berries and white flowers. Very young and fresh in the mouth, well balanced with its acidity, rich in floral nuances and spices. Hints of tangerine and Asian pear permeate this lovely vintage.
Bertarose is a historic Bertani wine produced since the 1930s; today, it is made from a classic blend of Corvina, Molinara, Corvinone, and Rondinella, which are grown inland hills of Italy’s Lake Garda on young Valpolicella vines. The result is a well-balanced rosé with fresh aromas of berries and spices, sure to be a year-round favorite.
Ultimate Provence is the epitome of a resolutely contemporary Provence rosé. The grapes unite in a symphony of fruit with floral touches and spicier notes, mainly from the Syrah and Rolle grapes. Its pale color, alternating coppery and silvery tints, is the fruit of their know-how combined with a hand-picked selection of the finest juices from the press. The elegant and unique bottle will make any occasion memorable.
This classic Provence rosé has a beautiful salmon color with notes of apricots, pink grapefruit and white flowers. Fresh and vibrant, it pairs well with picnic foods and savory meats like prosciutto. A Meditteranean escape in a bottle.
From the sea to the hills, the Planeta family has vineyards across Sicily, as seen in HBO’s The White Lotus. The harvest started with the Syrah on August 30th and the Nero d’Avola followed on September 3rd. This summertime staple is lively and fresh on the palate, with lasting notes of meringue and peach.
Numerous and fine bubbles. Beautiful bright and vivid rosé color. The nose sports fruity scents, with forward raspberry aromas. Well-balanced and fleshy, this beautiful wine shows on the palate the same fruity flavors as the nose does. Some acidulous notes on the finish give it a pleasant freshness. A really enticing wine.
From the heart of Mendocino County, CA comes Saracina’s Rosé of Grenache, grown on sustainably farmed vineyards that are home to 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local birds and wildlife. This lovely wine encompasses clean and crisp red berry notes, with a long, lively finish.
A gorgeous label for a beautiful wine that features a medium body that gracefully carries its flavors. The palate opens with citrus and grapefruit notes, accompanied by the fullness of cherry and herbaceous nuances. The wine culminates with a long finish, leaving a persistent and pleasant sensation. A memorable and elegant Tuscan wine.
Generations of the Saget family have worked to create this signature rosé crafted with Pinot Noir, much of which is grown in France’s Loire Valley. Their biodiverse, certified HVE3 vineyard produced a wine full of fruit and freshness, boasting notes of sour cherry, gooseberry, and spiciness that will leave you thirsty for more.
Listel is the maker of the best-selling rosé wine sold in France and the importer’s latest release, PET NAT, is a refreshing, naturally sparkling rosé. It is a delicious fruity wine with an acidulous note for a refreshing and pleasant finish.
Innovation and a passion for France’s Languedoc drove Jean-Claude Mas to craft this beautiful blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. Their vineyards of clay and limestone soil, with a warm Mediterranean climate, yielded this refreshing wine with red fruit and floral aromas evolving toward soft candied fruit notes, perfect for any spring social.
This special blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Provence rosé. Minerally, long and fresh with plenty of finesse. It’s more elegant, richer and has more length than other Provence rosés, which makes for an excellent food pairing wine. Try it with prawns, smoked salmon or pork.