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.
Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cotes de Provence Rosé
ABV: 12.5% | Region: Provence, France | Tasting notes: Red berries, citrus rind, herbs de Provence, sea salt
Clos Ste. Magdeleine is one of the benchmark producers of Provence – which, as the unofficial rosé capital of the world – is saying a lot. Fruit for this tasty wine comes from La Ciotat, the sun-drenched coastal region located between the famous appellations of Cassis and Bandol. The wine is crafted from equal parts Grenache and Cinsault (35%) each, Mourvèdre (20%), and Syrah (10%). Expect classic Provençal flavors of fresh red berries, citrus rind, and herbs de Provence to lead to a thirst-quenching, saline-tinged finish. For those looking for a high-quality rosé to drink now, lay down in the cellar, or both, this bottle is the answer.
Best Food Friendly
ABV: 13% | Region: Côtes de Provence (Provence) France | Tasting Notes: Citrus, stone fruits, floral, crisp
This elegant new rosé is produced from a vineyard founded in the 13th century in the heart of Côtes de Provence, France, and is already popping up in some of the most recognizable hotels and restaurants around the world. Its lovely pale pink color, easy drinkability, and food-friendly nature may make this one of your new favorite rosés. Is it the new Whispering Angel? They didn't call it "Rumor" for nothing!
A blend of grapes comprised of grenache, cinsault, syrah and mourvèdre results in a classic Provence style rose—delicate and dry, with bright citrus and stone fruit flavors, with a round finish. This well-balanced wine can certainly be drunk on its own but does well paired with a variety of dishes—a charcuterie plate full of cured meats, aged cheeses, dried fruits and savory nuts would be an ideal pairing.
Best to Celebrate National Rosé Day
Bodvár No8 Organic Rosé
ABV: 13% | Region: Côtes de Provence (Provence) France | Tasting Notes: Fresh strawberries, stone fruit, citrus
If there's one rosé brand you should indulge in for National Rosé Day this year, it's Swedish rosé house Bodvár, one of the few wine houses in the world dedicated to only producing rosé wine, and the official founders of National Rosé Day—celebrated on the second Saturday in June.
Bodvár's N°8 is their organic organic expression, and is made up of 50 percent grenache, 30 percent cinsault, and 20 percent cabernet grapes. Producing aromas of ripe strawberries, and fresh grapefruit and peaches, the resulting wine is fresh and light, with crisp citrusy acidity. Prepare your summer celebrations with a few bottles of this elegant sipper, and prepare to rosé all day.
Moulin De Gassac Pays d'Hérault Guilhem Rosé
ABV: 12.5% | Region: Languedoc, France | Tasting notes: red currants, white peach, nectarine, clementine
Moulin de Gassac is the side project of the renowned Mas de Daumas Gassac, one of the most pioneering and historic estates in France’s Languedoc region. This affordable, budget-friendly wine is produced from a blend of Cinsault, Carignan, and Grenache, all of which come from organically-farmed vineyards. The wine pours a beautiful salmon hue in the glass and leads to a palate laden with flavors of red currants, white peach, nectarine, and clementine. Fair warning, this may just be one of the best quality-to-price ratio rosés on the market.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
ABV: 12% | Region: Champagne, France | Tasting Notes: Raspberries, pithy citrus, brioche
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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Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille
ABV: 8% | Region: Bugey (Savoie), France | Tasting Notes: Raspberry jam, pink grapefruit, wild forest berries
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.
ABV: 11.4% | Region: North Fork (Long Island), New York, USA | Tasting Notes: Blood orange, grapefruit, watermelon, crushed rocks
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
Sanford Rosé of Pinot Noir
ABV: 13% | Region: Sta. Rita Hills (Santa Barbara), California | Tasting notes: Cranberry, red currant, blood orange rind, rose petal
Fruit for this crisp and savory Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from two of Santa Barbara’s most iconic vineyard sites: Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada. The wine ages in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels, the latter of which adds a pleasant touch of weight to the wine’s focused and acid-driven palate. Flavors of cranberry, red currants, blood orange rind, and rose petals lead to a lingering and refreshing finish.
Best Under $15
ABV: 13% | Region: Niederösterreich, Austria | Tasting Notes: White peach, pear skin, red currants, minerals
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 Pinot Noir-Based
Scribe Rosé of Pinot Noir
ABV: 12.5% | Region: Sonoma Coast (California), USA | Tasting Notes: Watermelon, lemon zest, red apple skin, sea salt
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
M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rosé
ABV: 13% | Region: Côtes du Rhône (Rhône Valley), France | Tasting notes: Strawberry, watermelon rind, dried orange, wet stone.
Michel Chapoutier is a force to be reckoned with. Although his main estate is based in France’s Rhône Valley, his quality-focused side projects—including Bila-Haut—are not to be missed. Chapoutier purchased the Bila-Haut property back in 1999. Here, vines average about 40 years in age and are sustainably farmed. This accessible rosé is crafted mostly from steel-vinified Grenache and Cinsault. Expect fruit-driven flavors of strawberry, watermelon rind, dried orange, and wet stone.
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Rosé is one of the most versatile and food-friendly wines out there, thanks to its high acidity and absence of tannins. Although these fresh, fruit-driven wines are generally meant to be consumed in their youth, high-quality expressions from top producers can withstand lengthy periods in the cellar. When in doubt—both for aging and immediate consumption— stick to quality-focused producers from benchmark regions.
What to Look For
When seeking out a bottle of rosé, think about the regions, producers, and varieties that you gravitate towards when buying red, white, and other styles of wine. For classic, easy-drinking expressions, look to Provence, Languedoc, and Corsica. For sweeter picks, look to Bugey-Cerdon and the Anjou region of the Loire Valley. And when it comes to bubbles, you can never go wrong with Rosé Champagne!
What exactly is rosé wine?
Rosé is a pink-hued style of wine crafted in basically every wine-producing region in the world. There are various ways to make rosé, though the most common way is via direct press or short maceration of red grapes, which gives the final wines a paler hue.
Is rosé typically dry or sweet?
The majority of rosé wines are dry and fruit-forward, though a handful of regions are known for their sweet expressions, Rosé d’Anjou being the most common.
What are the best rosé-producing regions?
Great rosé is produced all around the world from a variety of grapes. However, the most popular rosé-producing regions are found in France, specifically Provence, Languedoc, the Loire Valley, and Champagne.
What is the ideal temperature to serve rosé?
Generally speaking, most rosé wines are best enjoyed around 50 degrees fahrenheit.
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