At a Loss for What to Drink? No Way Rosé!

Rosé is the official wine of summer, or at least we think it should be. But are you struggling to figure out what’s best for those upcoming trips to the beach, for barbecues, or for just lazy day lounging? Here’s what our wine consultants and wine buyers Tanya Robinson, Laura Mooney, Erik Guzinski, Doug Yacka, Sam Davies, Marco Castillo, and Misaki Reinoso are suggesting.Give Rosés

Rosato Frizzante “Pettirosso,” Punta Crena – NV

I can’t resist Pettirosso’s fruity, slightly funky, frizzante deliciousness. The palate yields beautiful red fruit flavor with a round mouth-feel and lots of character. Perfect for your Sunday BYO brunch. – TR.

Lagrein Rosato, Muri Gries – 2014

The Lagrein varietal is typically seen as a dark, luscious, full-bodied wine, but as a rosé it is bright, fresh, and full of ripe strawberry and cherry notes. A very food-friendly rosé! – LM.

Coteaux de Varois Rosé, Dom. la Colombe – 2014

Not heading to the south of France this summer? No matter. This lovely Provençal rosé will put you in a Mediterranean state of mind. Fragrant and fresh on the nose, this wine delivers strawberry, mineral, and savory white pepper notes, with just a hint of smoke. A delightful way to start your meal! – DY.

Villa Creek Cellars, Grenache Rosé – 2014

Villa Creek Cellars makes delicious wines, and this rosé is no exception. If you think of wines from Paso Robles as tannic and alcoholic with little charm or finesse, wait until you taste this intriguing wine. Rose petal, peaches, and crushed rocks jump from the glass. A round full-flavored yet elegant rosé with a clean, crisp finish. Great on its own but also with salmon salad or country pâté. – MR.

Channing Daughters Rosato di Franconia – 2014

Winemaker James Christopher Tracy, in my opinion, is Long Island’s top wine producer. No one else produces as wide a range of cuvées of such high quality. Everything they do (and they do a lot) is refined, balanced, and delicious. The 100% Franconia (a.k.a. Blaufränkisch) rewards the drinker with delicate floral aromas, warm, balanced fruit, and a good punch of minerality. More than just a summer wine. – EG.

Shinn Estate Rosé – 2014

This sinewy rose blend of Bordeaux varietals has been made in a dry style, but it is rich and delivers powerful aromatics and ripe red fruit  flavors  with delicate mineral notes.  Just a few days ago I had the chance to try this rose with some grilled chicken and turkey burgers. It was magic. – MC

Beaujolais Rosé, Pierre-Marie Chermette – 2014

Did you know that the Beaujolais region has a long tradition of producing fresh rosé wines in addition to the red Beaujoalais?  Now is your chance to try one! Pierre-Marie treats her rosé as serious as her red wines.  The wine is made from old vine Gamay grapes on granite soils.  Delicate fresh fruit aromas and light, tart flavors make this a harmonious and delightful wine for summer drinking.  – MR

Baux de Provence Rosé “Petra,” Dom. Hauvette – 2013

Take what you know about rosé and throw it out the window. This rosé is all about savory! White it has some traditional Provencal fruit its great acid and saucy aroma call out for meat over fire. – SD