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What’s not to love about rosé? Crisp, refreshing and fruit-driven, rosé is perfect for pairing with a variety of foods, as well as sipping solo on sun-drenched afternoons. Contrary to popular belief, well-made rosés can also withstand the test of time in the cellar (when produced at the right hands, of course).
As with reds and whites, seeking out responsibly-made rosé is key. This means looking towards bottles that are produced from sustainably-farmed fruit, are produced with a light hand in the cellar, and reflect the place from which they come.
"There’s a rosé for every occasion," says Audrey Frick, wine director of One White Street. "Good rosé shouldn't bog you down, it shouldn't be heavy—it should always warrant another sip." Not sure where to start? Here are the best rosé wines to drink today.
Best Overall: Triennes Rosé
This delicious French pink may just be the best value rosé on the market. Triennes is a Provence-based joint venture between Aubert de Villaine (of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) and Jeremy Seysses (of Domaine Dujac), two of Burgundy’s most prestigious winemakers. This organic rosé is loaded with flavors of red currants, tangy strawberries, orange zest and sea spray. At less than $20 a pop, this wine is an absolute steal.
Best Budget: Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé
As much as we love affordable wines, cheap in price shouldn’t mean cheap in quality. Look to wines like the Guilhem line from Mas de Daumas Gassac, which seriously overdelivers for the price. This organic, fruit-driven rosé is produced from direct-pressed syrah, cinsault and carignan. Notes of tart raspberries, peach skin and wildflowers dominate the wine’s easy-to-drink palate. Serve chilled at your next weekend picnic.
Best Sparkling: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
In the world of sparkling pink, rosé Champagne is king. This classic cuvée from Billecart-Salmon is beloved by consumers and industry experts alike, and it’s no surprise why. The wine is produced from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier and is ideal for elevating date nights. Notes of raspberries, pithy citrus and brioche burst from the wine’s lively and energetic palate. Pair with a variety of dishes, from sushi or salmon to fresh bowls of strawberries and cream.
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Best Sweet: Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille
Sweet, slightly sparkling and seriously delicious—this cuvée from Patrick Bottex is the best of both worlds. La Cueille is produced via the méthode ancestrale, meaning that unlike Champagne, this bottle of bubbles undergoes just one fermentation. The wine is loaded with sweet flavors of raspberry jam, pink grapefruit and wild forest berries. Residual sweetness is balanced by plenty of natural acidity, which leads to a lingering and lip-smacking finish. Serve with a variety of fruit-forward desserts, including homemade pies, tartlets and more.
Best Dry: Macari Rosé
This delicious rosé from New York’s North Fork is produced from a blend of merlot and malbec and is vinified bone dry. Vibrant flavors of blood orange, grapefruit, watermelon and crushed rocks dominate the wine’s crisp and refreshing palate. Serve chilled with Greek salads, ricotta toasts, white pizza and more. You can’t go wrong here.
Best Under $30: Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire
Rosé of cabernet franc? You bet. This pink is produced from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit in the heart of the Loire Valley. Savory and fresh, the wine boasts flavors of strawberry skin, red currants, white pepper and crushed rocks. Serve chilled with a variety of happy hour snacks, including Mediterranean-inspired mezze or cheese boards.
"You can enjoy wine on many levels: the color, the aromas, the palate," says Jermaine Stone, President and CEO of Cru Luv Selections. "I love the crisp acidity of a salmon-colored rosé with some chill on it."
Best Under $15: Pratsch Rosé
Pratsch Rosé proves once again that, affordable wine should not sacrifice quality or taste. Made from zweigelt, this organic rosé is bright, slightly spritzy and beyond refreshing. The wine is loaded with flavors of white peach, pear skin, red currants and minerals. Serve chilled with grilled white fish, veggie skewers or raw bar favorites.
Best French: Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé
Provence and rosé go hand in hand. This organic rosé is produced mostly from grenache, cabernet sauvignon and mourvedre rooted in limestone soils. The juice is direct-pressed, fermented with native yeast, and vinified entirely in steel. Juicy notes of pomegranate, red cherries, orange rind and lavender dominate the wine’s brisk and zesty palate. Pair with traditional Provençal snacks, including salad niçoise, soft cheeses and salty olive tapenades reminiscent of the shores of southern France.
"With great and challenging pairings (like artichoke or asparagus), I look for something weightier and with structure," says Frick. "I think it's also really versatile into the fall."
Best Californian: Arnot-Roberts Rosé
Crafted from touriga nacional, this unique varietal rosé is produced by one of northern California’s most pioneering duos. Juicy notes of melon, red fruits and orange zest lead to a saline-tinged finish. Light up the grill, throw your favorite veggie skewers together, and get ready for a seriously delicious pairing. (Chips, salsa and homemade guac also make for epic pairings with this wine.)
Best Pinot Noir-Based: Scribe Rosé of Pinot Noir
Similar to their red counterparts, rosés produced from pinot noir are structured, savory and extremely versatile on the table. This acid-driven expression from Scribe is no exception. Produced in the heart of California’s Sonoma Coast, this monovarietal wine is loaded with flavors of watermelon, lemon zest, red apple skin and sea salt.
"Pinot noir-based rosés warrant food because there is an earthier backbone to these wines," says Frick. "They just meld really well with what’s on the table." Enjoy with lobster rolls, white-rind cheeses, or fresh salads and prepare to have your thirst quenched.
Best for Happy Hour: Ameztoi Rubentis
Never heard of Txakolina (chah-kuh-LEE-na) rosé before? Don’t let the name intimidate you—this juice is easy-drinking, delicious and fun. Produced from equal parts hondarrabi beltza and hondarrabi zuri, this slightly spritzy rosé boasts flavors of citrus juice, strawberry skin, crushed rocks, white flowers and sea spray.
"If I'm drinking rosé on a hot summer afternoon, I look for something refreshing and high-acid, maybe even a little spritzy," says Frick. Serve this saline-tinged wine with oysters, sashimi or all things fried.
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Best for the Cellar: Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé
Contrary to popular belief, not all rosé needs to be consumed on the fly or it will go bad. When produced at the right hands, rosés can withstand the test of time in the cellar just like their red and white counterparts. When it comes to age-worthy rosé, Domaine Tempier is the cream of the crop. This iconic bottle is loaded with flavors of wild berries, fleshy peach and saline. Citrus-driven acidity and impeccable structure ensure that this wine can last for years.
"Provencal rosé, especially Bandol, is a benchmark," says Frick. Never tasted aged rosé before? This is a great bottle to start with. We recommend snagging two, popping one now, and laying one down for later.