Rosé Wine to Enjoy All Summer Long

Rosé Wine Staff Favorites


Rosé wine gets its vibrant color from the skin of the grapes. The hues can range from a faint pink to almost purple. Rosé wine can be still or sparkling, sweet or dry, and can be made from a wide range of grapes. So, which to pick for this summer? We asked sales associates Heather Gordon, Carrie Shaw, Josh Mizrahi, Tammie Teclemariam, and Sarah Sparks, as well as assistant wine buyer Laura Mooney and head spirits buyer Nima Ansari-Bahmani.

Clos Cibonne “Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes” Rosé – 2014
A complex rosé wine with a depth that offers layers of flavors—including ripe strawberry, warm hay, pink flowers, and a slight caramel finish. Its dusty minerality helps balance the fruit and very slight sweetness with a balanced acidity and luscious mouthfeel. If you’re looking for something more out of your rosé wines, this one is for you! -CS

Antica Terra “Coriolis,” Rosé – 2012
This big, rich rosé is velvety with the sweet and soft impression of oak. It’s got a few years of age and almost drinks like a very light red. This rosé wine is not like the typically fresh and light versions that dominate the market; any fan of buttery chardonnay will be delighted. -TT

Clos Venturi, Rosé – 2015
Hidden in this tinted bottle is a glowing salmon pink rosé from Corsica. The nose hints at white grapefruit skin, punchy citrus, and pineapple acidity. Tropical fruits like passion fruit and papaya follow on the palate into a very dry finish. 100% Sciaccarellu. -SS

Franck Pascal “Tolérance” Brut Rosé – NV
If you’re gonna go pink, you might as well go pink bubbly. And if you’re gonna go pink bubbly, you might as well go grower pink bubbly. Breathe in candied raspberries and grapefruit. Taste tropical fruits sliced onto raw sourdough. You know the saying, “Once you go grower pink bubbly, you never go back.” Perhaps not as catchy, but you’ll be using the phrase yourself after popping this. -SD

Channing Daughters Cabernet Franc Rosato – 2015
Fans of local wines need not look any further than Long Island winery Channing Daughters and their gorgeous Cabernet Franc rosé wine. Pale, salmon-colored in the glass, with delicate fruit flavors. This wine should be front and center at all of your summer parties. -LM

O. Horiot “En Valingrain,” Rosé de Riceys – 2010
Tucked away in the south of Champagne—a stone’s throw from Burgundy—we find a living relic of what used to be a much more commonplace in Champagne: still rosé wine. The Horiot family has been cultivating vines sinces the 1600s and Olivier Horiot produces this wine from the family’s two hectares. This rosé wine is delicate and full of finesse with a juicy flavor profile that is brimming over with summer berries. -NAB