Top 20 Rosés For Summer

Yes way, rosé! If you haven’t satisfied your rosé obsession yet, and are seeking some more to sip, heres a list of the top rosés I have tasted for your summer consumption. If you’re like myself, you enjoy rosé all year round and don’t only sip this beautiful wine in the summer months. Here are some great rosés to sip this summer, as well as year round (if they last that long).

Apothic Rosé: This fun rosé by Apothic is fun and fruit forward for summer! This wine is bright and full of strawberry, watermelon, and peach notes with a long finish. It’s a rosé thats refreshing and layered with flavor, making it perfect for pool side sipping and bbq’s. $11.99

VieVité Rosé: A well known and loved Provence rosé, VieVité AOP Côtes de Provence is versatile with expressive notes of tropical fruit, white flowers, and delicate strawberry notes. On the palate it’s well balanced and fruit forward with complex notes that allow this wine to pair with a variety of cuisines. $20.00

Meiomi Rosé: This wine is delightful! A wine thats beautifully balanced, refreshing, and fruit forward. It’s a dry rosé from California that is simply lovely to sip anytime of day. This is a wine that pairs beautifully with smoked cheeses and bbq pulled pork! $24.99

Dave Phinney “F” Rosé: A deep salmon colored rosé that expresses watermelon, ripe red fruit, and wild flower aromas. On the palate it’s dry and fruit forward with attractive flint notes and minerals. Dave Phinney has managed to make another wonderful wine that you will absolutely love from the Locations Collection. $19.99

Sonoma- Cutrer Winemakers Rosé: This Winemakers release is a limited production wine that showcases the craftsmanship of this premium winery. This rosé of Pinot Noir is based stylistically off of Provence style rosés, making it light and delicate with floral notes, strawberry, and some citrus. $25.00

Jean-Luc Columbo Rosé: From the Rhone Valley in France, hails the Cape Bleue Rosé, composed of Grenache and Mouvédre grapes. Jean-Luc has a reputation for producing innovative wines that are memorable and boasting with personality. This rosé is just that! This wine is soft, with hints of rose petal, peach and tropical fruit on the nose, with a refreshing yet dry palate full of ripe red fruit. $12.99

Dark Horse Rosé: This budget friendly Provence style rosé is dry, crisp, and full of delicate red fruit notes. Beth Liston, winemaker decided to make this wine using Grenache, Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, and Barbera grapes, making it delightfully layered and fun. $13.99

Minuty M Rosé: Composed of Grenche and Cinsault grapes, this aromatic and playful wine is from Côtes de Provence, from vines cultivated in an integrated farm way. Notes of peach and orange zest make this wine refreshing for a sunny afternoon, paired with seafood and cheeses. $20.99

Gérard Bertrand Cote del Roses: Celebrating Mediterranean lifestyle, this Languedoc Côte des Roses Rosé is composed of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes. It’s soft pale pink with brilliant hues and full of cassis, flowers, and stone fruit notes. On the palate it’s playful with grapefruit notes and nice balance. This wine is absolutely gorgeous for summer, and the bottle is a keeper, as you will notice the bottom of the bottle is in the shape of a rose, making it a great vase for your fresh summer floral arrangements! $15.99

Bodegas Cepa 21, Hito Tempranillo Rosato: 100% Tinto Fino aka Tempranillo, this beautiful rose from Ribera del Duero, Spain is a fun wine for summer. Seeing 24 hours of skin contact, this beautiful pink wine is bright and fresh with floral, raspberry, and ripe berry notes. On the palate this wine is refreshing and lively with those nice fruit notes following through to a balanced and long finish. $12.99

Kim Crawford Hawke’s Bay Rosé: Kim Crawford New Zealand rosé is bright pink with a lively tropical nose and red berry undertones. Made from Merlot grapes, this wine makes a great aperitif because it’s soft, luscious, and refreshing. This wine is very pretty and full of watermelon, strawberry, and ripe red fruits. $16.99

Protos Aire Rosado: Protos is a well known Spanish winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain. This brilliant and beautiful pink colored rosé is stunning with citrus, strawberry, and soft floral notes. On the palate it’s crisp and refreshing with soft stone fruit notes and a long juicy finish. $12-14.99 

E. Guigal Rosé: Another playful and fresh Rhone Valley rosé, this wine by E. Guigal is fruity, fine, and round. It’s a wine produced using grenache, syrah, and cinsault grapes. It’s seductive and elegant with red fruit, raspberry, and citrus notes. $17.99

Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé: A beautiful California rosé that expresses strawberry, hibiscus, and watermelon notes, with balanced acidity and melon flavors. Made from 55% Grenache
and 45% Counoise grapes, this fun and fresh wine is a great wine to bring to a summer outing, bbq, or outdoor picnic. It’s vibrant and alluring with soft peach tones and a refreshing finish. $30.00

Fuedo Maccari Rosé:  From Nero d’ Avola vines that are 25-30 years old. This wine is beautiful and cherry colored with floral and stone fruit notes. It’s fresh and juicy with with light tannins, cherry notes, and Southern Italian terroir expressions. $14.99

Domaine D’Aupilhac Rosé: A blend of Mouvèdre, Cinsault, and Syrah with notes of ripe red fruit and a nice round palate. This wine is from the Languedoc area, Montpeyroux region, in France. This wine is very expressive of Southern Rhone and the terroir found here. It’s gorgeous for summer and budget friendly, considering the quality and friendliness of the wine. $10.00

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Rosé: Luminous and light pink, this wine is filled with striking aromas of strawberry, ripe summer berries, and purple flowers. On the palate it is elegant and rich with notes of citrus, jasmine tea, and orange blossom with bright acidity. Harry Hansen, Winemaker makes a beautiful California rosé wine that pairs perfectly with seafood and charcuterie. $12.00 

Villa Maria Hawke’s Bay Rosé: A bright New Zealand rosé filled with cranberry and red berry aromas on the nose. The wine has a delicate palate thats refreshing, smooth, and balanced. It’s produced primarily of  Pinot Noir with ripe flavors and acidity that is flavorful and elegant. $10.00

Day Owl Rosé: A beautiful California rosé made primarily from Barbera grapes. This wine is young and fresh with dried cherry, strawberry, plum, and floral notes. On the palate it’s dry and refreshing with playful notes making it perfect for daytime sipping, picnics, and outdoor activities. $10.99

This summer, get up, get outside, and enjoy some of these great rosés! Please pair responsibly!

 

 

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

One Response to "Top 20 Rosés For Summer"

  1. Sandra Boyel   July 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Love this, I want them all!

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