Maggie Walters

Rosé, known affectionately as pink wine, has hit all forms of social media in what seems like an overnight sensation. It’s been dubbed “the official wine of summer” but it’s so much more than that! Rosé is one of the most versatile wines out there, and depending on what part of the world you enjoy a bottle from, it can even pair with something as heavy as pork and poultry. 


So what exactly is Rosé?

Wine typically derives its color from grape skins. It’s crazy to think that red grapes can produce white wine, but it’s true! Red grapes can produce white wines if the skins aren’t kept in contact, aka macerated, with the juice. To make a red wine one simply leaves the skins and juice in contact until the desired color is reached. To make Rosé, the winemaker limits the amount of time red grapes are kept in contact with its juice. Think of it as a premature red wine. 

Need some suggested food pairings and flavor guides? Look no further. Here’s a great reference for all of your Rosé needs! Just like white wine and red wine, Rosé wines are not all the same. Different grapes and growing regions offer an array of Rosé flavor profiles, making it a must have in your go-to wine arsenal. Warning: reading this list may cause a strong thirst for all of these wines!


Domaine De Terrebrune Bandol, Provence, France, 2016 
regular price: $26.99 

The creme de la creme of French Rosé. Bandol, a village located on the southern coast of France, is a region responsible for the production of the world’s most famous Rosé. It's been that way for as long as anyone can remember. If you’re only going to try one Rosé in your life, you should probably try this one.


Good to know:

  • Organic viticulture with absolutely no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers

  • Soil is worked regularly by plow and hand-hoes

The wine is made from Mourvedre, a tannic red grape with thick skin. When made into a red wine it's gamey, robust and everything you want in a glass of red wine when there’s snow on the ground. But when made into a Rosé, this grape creates wine with texture, complexity AND lightness for warm-climate dishes like seafood! 

Suggested food pairings:
Seared Scallops, cannelloni beans with mussels, Mediterranean tuna salad, orzo pasta with feta, olives and artichokes. 


Chateau D’ Aqueria Rosé Tavel, S. Rhone, France, 2017
Regular price: $23.99

Cru just for Rosé.  In France, the best wine regions are sometimes designated as Cru or Grand Cru, depending on their prestige. It may come as a shock to learn there’s an entire village in the S. Rhone that is designated as a Cru for Rosé!  By law, if you are making wine in the village of Tavel, it must be Rosé. If that isn’t an indication of the quality of this wine, I don’t know what is! 


Good to know:

  • Grapes are handpicked from Château d’Aquéria’s own vineyards, which span 163 acres

  • Each grape variety is vinified separately, undergoing temperature-controlled maceration

  • The winemaker assembles an initial blend in November and then a second blending takes place in January before bottling

The wine is made from a Grenache- based blend. With this particular blend, Tavel Rosé is described as “a serious Rosé with impact and presence on the palate.”

Suggested food pairings:
Shellfish Paella, whole roasted herb-stuffed chicken, ratatouille, lamb meatballs, lentil salad.


Eyrie Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2017
regular price: $27.49

This wine started it all in Oregon!  Eyrie Founder David Lett was the pioneer in Oregon Pinot Noir in 1965. He was the first to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Vines in Oregon, and convinced the world of what he always knew to be true: the Willamette Valley is perfect for Pinot Noir. His son, Jason Lett, along with Jason’s wife, Arkansas native Diana Lett, now hold the reins and continue the legacy. 


Good to know:

  • This wine is made from organically grown, ungrafted vines from dry-farmed vineyards in the Dundee and Eola-Amity Hills

  • Eyrie goes above and beyond when making Rosé. Not only are the grapes picked over a span of several days, ensuring that each bunch is ripened fully, but the wine itself is fermented in a variety of vessels to impart just the right flavor profile. Winemaker Jason Lett uses stainless steel, neutral barrels and large open-topped oak tanks made in Burgundy to make a truly exceptional Rosé.

This wine is made from Pinot Noir. This red grape has created a legacy in Oregon with the help of some very talented winemakers. It is no surprise to see Pinot Noir utilized in Rosé production as well. 

Suggested food pairings:
Grilled langoustines with caper aioli, goat cheese and spinach frittata, sautéed shrimp with chorizo and summer veggies, Mediterranean salads, and carbonara pasta.


Lioco Mendocino County Rosé, California, 2017
regular price: $22.99

You would never guess this is from California. 100% percent of the juice rendered in the pressing of grapes goes into making this wine. This is a wine that is made with intention. It is not an afterthought or a product of creating a heavier, more extracted red wine by taking some premature juice off as runoff- a method commonly used by wineries in California.  


Good to know:

  • The fruit source has legitimate pedigree with dry-farmed, extremely low-yielding vines dating back to the 1950s. Older vines make better wines, almost without exception

  • The Lioco motto is to swim against the flow of commercial winemaking. They believe if grapes are well grown and from a compelling site, there is nothing more to do. They see themselves as mere ushers, simply helping the fruit through the fermentation process and into the bottle with as little human intervention as possible. Lioco truly encompasses quality, not quantity

This wine is made from very old, dry-farmed, Carignan. The combination of vine age, extended growing season and tougher soil produces a Rosé with great freshness and complexity. The profile of old vine Carignan Rosé just seems to deliver more. Aromas of pink grapefruit, watermelon rind, rosewater, and crushed chalk are very expressive and long lasting on the palate. 

 Suggested food pairings:
Tex-Mex, grilled portobello mushrooms, broiled king salmon, chicken satay, and fried chicken.


Schloss Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé, Kamptal, Austria, 2016
regular price: $20.39     
sale price: $15.99

Yes, Austria makes AMAZING wine! Probably one of the most shied away from wine regions in the market, simply because it hails from an unfamiliar place made with unfamiliar grapes. However, this is the same reason these wines should be sought out. Austrian wine is not yet all the rage, making this wine very affordable for consumers.    


Good to know:

  • Sustainably farmed and estate grown grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel, producing a wine comprised of freshness and acidity that seems to dance across the tongue. One might even think this is slightly sparkling!

  • Vine age averages 20 years, and vines are planted at high elevations

This wine is made from Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and St. Laurent grapes. The latter two are red varieties that flourish in Austria and are rarely seen in other wine regions. St. Laurent is a grape said to be more finicky than Pinot Noir, but when placed in the right hands it truly shines. Zweigelt, made from a crossing of two other grapes, is considered a light hearted and light bodied grape variety. 

Suggested food pairings:
Mediterranean gyro, falafel, teriyaki stir-fry, and sushi, and burrata arugula with berries salad.


Lago Cerqueira Rosé, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2017
regular price $10.99       
sale price: $7.98

If you only have $10 in your wine budget, do yourself a favor and buy this wine! Portugal, renowned for some of the best dessert wines in the world, also produces dry wines deserving attention! Vinho Verde is a region that produces ideal wines for hot weather. They’re light, slightly spritz-y, and go great with lighter fare. 


Good to know:

  • Lago uses sustainable agriculture practices

  • This wine is fermented for a short 15 days before being bottled, ensuring nothing but delicious fresh fruit flavors prevail

  • This wine is made from a red grape named Vinhäo. Made into a Rosé, the Vinhäo grape produces notes of white flowers, strawberries, and green melon.

Suggested food pairings:
Perfect alone or with a meat and cheese board, baked brie, roasted oysters, and stuffed endives.

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