Once frowned upon by serious winos, rosé has since become the wine of the summer. It’s a red wine that drinks like a white: always served chilled for a crisp, refreshing treat.
When exactly did it gain popularity? I’m not quite sure, but I first became intrigued by the pink drink as I heard Lisa Vanderpump declare “Life isn’t always diamonds and rosé, but it should be!” Surely, this International upper-class diva wasn’t drinking rosé! And yet, she makes it look so good.
The Millennial Pink hue also comes into question. Are we drinking it because it’s pretty? Perhaps. But If you pick the right one, it is so much more.
Speaking of Millennial Pink, rosé wine comes in an array of shades. From bright pink to pale yellow, the shade often (although not always) can give you an idea of which flavors to expect. Light yellowish hues often mean dry and crisp with a hint of fruitiness. Deep blush shades are much bolder, sweeter, and fruitier. Personally, I prefer the latter and go for a salmon shade with a yellow tint.
Another key is to take note of where it’s from. Rosé wine is produced all over the world, although the Provençal variety is my personal preference. Rosé wines from Provence tend to boast dryer, crisper notes. You can find beautiful rosés from Spain and Italy, but Provence is by far the best.
Unlike red or white wine, rosé is not necessarily better when aged. Many varieties on the market today were produced within the last few years, and they are delicious.
Don’t think you have to spend a lot for a quality bottle. Some of my favorite rosés have been the most affordable.
Looking for a little extra pizzaz? Consider a rosé champagne. It’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion with the girls! When I choose a rosé champagne, I actually prefer a little more sweetness to balance out the bubbles. This one from Moët & Chandon is so yummy.
Here are some of my favorite varieties. Again, these flat wines are all on the drier, crisper side with a hint of fruitiness. As for the bubbles, I lean towards two varieties that differ greatly in tasting notes. Let me know what you like to drink in the comments below!
- Whispering Angel, $21.99, available here.
- Chateau Sainte Roseline : Cuvee Lampe de Meduse, $17 available here.
- Bastianich Rosato di Refosco, $13.99, available here.
And for Sparkling Rosé…
- Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose, $65.95, available here.
Sweet and fruity
- Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose, $79.99, available here.
Dry & crisp