15 rosé wines to drink this summer
After a long winter and an unusually cool spring, we can finally look forward to the heat of the summer months and the first of many holiday weekends. For many, Memorial Day has always been the * unofficial * start of summer, and while things are a little different this year, the excitement of the holidays and the season they begin are still in turmoil. This year, we’ll be planning more time for socially distant picnics in the park, barbecues, hikes, beach trips, swimming pools and more. In short, we are waiting for this summer to give us life! And with the promise of outdoor activities in sight, it’s okay to show a little love of wine made for moments in the sun. It’s true: the rosé season is practically here, and we couldn’t be more delighted.
Over the years, the refreshing rosé wine has become the benchmark for quenching thirst on hazy summer days. Affectionately nicknamed “summer water,” most of us have come to know rosé in just one flavor profile. But as wines often do, rosé has plenty of variation and enough range to surprise even the pickiest of palettes. In fact, rosé is known to be one of the most diverse types of wine, as it can be made from any type of red wine grape. So whether you prefer something juicy and floral, or dry and grassy, there is a rosé that you are sure to love. The secret to delicious rose wine lies in the process. Just like with red wine, grapes are artfully combined to create different blends and tastes. But unlike reds, skin contact is limited, giving the wine its distinct light pink color. With so many varieties and endless flavor profiles, there’s no denying its compatibility with all of your summer plans. Sure, the crunchy common rosé and fruit juice we’ve all come to know and love will remain a staple, but why not shake things up a bit and try something new? No need to sort stores and app reviews because we’ve got the job done for you. So raise a glass and get ready to enjoy it – here are the best rosés to sip on this holiday weekend and through the sunny days to come.
Negroamaro Salento Calafuria Rosato 2020
This rosé is made from Negroamaro grapes, a variety native to southern Italy. In general, the grape has a rustic earth, but in this rosé, the earth becomes a subtlety with a lush bouquet of berries, peaches and lavender.
The crisp taste of this rosé is easygoing and pleasant, with flavors of green apple, citrus and herbs. It sips clean, but has a soft floral finish that will keep you pouring. Bring this bottle to your next brunch and we can almost guarantee your guests will linger long after the meal.
If you’ve come to love Whispering Angel, the brand’s favorite cult favorite, you’ll likely appreciate the complex yet elegant taste of this wine. The provincial blend is aged in French oak barrels, which gives aromas of hazelnut and vanilla to this lightly colored rose wine.
Flor de Muga Rosado 2019
At first taste, this pale red rosé is bursting with intense flavors of citrus and peach. Keep sipping and you will notice the floral notes of white flowers and subtle spices. The contrast from sweet and creamy to crisp and sour makes this wine deliciously interesting and pairs perfectly with summer treats like oysters, tuna tartare and ceviche.
This mineral wine is lively, with flavors of squeezed melon and citrus zest. It has a strong acidity, but ends with a light taste soaked in saline solution that offers a good balance with the lively and fruity flavors. Made from Touriga Nacional, a grape known to be used in Port wines, its flavor is complex and particularly satisfying.
Originating from the Moselle region of Germany, this semi-dry rosé is surprisingly light with lots of flavor. With ease, it bounces tastes of lemon zest to juicy strawberries and watermelon with a touch of minerality and dread. The light jet of bubbles adds a seductive shine which makes it the ideal wine for evenings with friends.
Just like its name, this rosé just screams summer. Its cotton candy color testifies to the juicy Grenache grapes from which it is made. With low-acid, creamy notes of vanilla, this rosé was made for weekend getaways and beach birthdays. You can even match your style to your drink with the brand’s range of sparkling pink merch products.
Sangiovese Sonoma Rose 2020
With its interesting blend of flavors like guava, strawberry, watermelon and mint, this rosé is as flavorful as it is complex. The 2020 vintage is praised for its tangy and fruity melody, with a slight minerality for balance. Perfect for sipping on a patio or a picnic in the park, be sure to keep a bottle (or two!) On hand all summer long.
Alexander Valley vineyards
Light and crunchy, this wine is bursting with lush fruits like strawberries, raspberries and peaches. Its fruity taste and silky finish make it easy to sip, alone or with a meal. With just the right amount of sweetness, this rosé is the perfect pairing for cheese boards and light snacks.
Canned rosé may be the best thing ever, but a canned rosé that as tasty because the bottle version is a godsend! Native to the wine country of Oregon, Underwood’s Bubbles rosé has a deliciously crunchy taste balanced with juicy notes of tart cherries and sweet berries. Taste aside, this travel-friendly can is perfect for any outdoor activity or event your summer.
Although this rosé is dry, it is terribly refreshing on a hot summer day. The deep color comes from a blend of grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few. But don’t let that put you off: this rosé is crisp and crisp, with flavors of apple and a hint of herbs. A perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetables and fish.
Rosé Bubbles NV
With just a hint of effervescence, this South African rosé is perfect for al fresco dining. It blends flavors of juicy strawberries and sun-ripe cherries with an added touch of minerality to make a wine that is easy to drink and delicious even in its canned version.
A true celebration of summer fruits, this relaxed, natural wine is rich with ripe black raspberry and strawberry flavors. It is produced 100% organically and the grapes are harvested by hand before being fermented in stainless steel tanks. The result: a clean and fruity rosé that drips with summer flavors. For an exotic taste, try their orange wine, it is an extraordinary version of Chardonnay.
Pop a bottle of this sparkling rosé with friends and savor its fresh bouquet of wild berries and its light effervescence. Its crispy nature makes it a great pair for dressed cheese boards, fresh fruit, and nuts.
Pas du Moine Rose 2018
Although this wine hails from the classic rosé region of the Côtes de Provence, it lacks the bold, herbaceous flavors commonly found in these rosés. Instead, you’ll find hints of exotic fruits like passion fruit, lychee, and papaya. But it is this interesting blend of Mediterranean fruit and classic French technique that makes this wine delicious and extremely refreshing.