In this article, we’ll be looking at our 5 best rosé wine to drink and why you should drink them.
Guys, rosé rules. There are no ifs, and, or buts about it. You’ve probably seen dudes rosé-ing all day, seen the pink wine sold in the forties, and most likely heard the term brosé at least once in your life by now. We’re not here to talk about any of that (directly, at least). We’re here to talk about the wine itself and, more specifically, why you should be drinking it this spring and summer.
Best Rosé Wines
To get you started, here are five different rosés we think you should try, whether you’re looking for a cheap international bottle or you just want a healthier drink for post-workout relaxation.
Dominio Del Rey Ice Sparkling Rose Wine
Domino Del Rey Ice Sparkling Rosé Wine is an elegant effervescent wine that is designed specifically for hotter climates. Unlike most wines, Domino Del Rey Sparkling Rosé Wine is engineered to drink with ice. This Sparkling Wine is produced in the Valdepenas region of Spain which is made by blending the white apron grape with the red Cencibel grape to produce this remarkable Sparkling Rosé. It is a pale petal pink wine that boasts floral notes and zesty summer fruits. It has a light elegant aroma and a smooth strawberry finish.
Bonterra Rosé 2017
While classic rosés lean on aromas of strawberry and orange, the Rosé 2017 from California’s Bonterra Organic Vineyards goes out of the box with key lime, rosewater, and hints of pineapple, along with notes of ripe peaches, watermelon, and pomegranate. This inaugural vintage from Bonterra’s Grenache-based rosé was crushed from certified organically grown grapes and is the perfect storm of flavors and dry crispness. We’ve found this rosé pairs great with Asian-fusion and poached salmon.
Raimat Rosada Rosé 2017
If you’re new to the wine game in general, let us tell you a secret: you can get a bunch of great bottles for under $15. In fact, most women don’t like spending tons of dough on their rosé, and neither should you. The Spanish Raimat Rosada Rosé is $12 a bottle but tastes out of your budget. The 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Tempranillo rosé is pleasant and fresh (not too acidic), and sustainably grown — which you usually have to pay extra for. Pour a glass alongside a plate of pasta.
Stoller Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
The winemaker at Oregon’s Stoller estate has referred to this rosé as “plugged-in” and it’s easy to see why. The color is hypnotic and practically neon. The flavors are multiple, with nice cherry and kiwi notes and a nice lightning bolt of acidity. Gone are the days of Willamette Valley producers making decent rosés out of the worst fruit in the vineyard. Winemakers are increasingly growing fruit specifically for the style, meaning a lot more quality for your buck.
Illahe Tempranillo Rosé 2017
Dallas, Oregon winery Illahe is turning out some tasty wines at the moment. The name comes from the Willamette Valley’s indigenous Chinook tribe and roughly translates to “earth” or “place.” Fitting, as this rosé tastes a lot like where it comes from. Soft and layered flavors of Mt. Hood strawberries lead to a squeaky clean finish. It’s further proof that full-bodied reds like Tempranillo are all the better dialed back a bit as lighter, fresher rosés. This one is built for a nice grilled chicken salad.
Why You Should Drink Them
1. There’s No Reason to Care about the Color
More or less, a rosé is a combination of red and white grapes. (There are no pink grapes, kids.) “Winemakers create rosés of varying shades of pink by managing the length of contact between the juice and red grape skins during the winemaking process,” says Hansen.
Yes, it’s pink. So f*cking what? It’s not as if you’re not allowed to be seen with something pink on your plate or in your glass. In fact, a perfect medium-rare steak is pinker than rosé. A classic Hemingway daiquiri? Pink. Would you argue that a cocktail made by one of the manliest men that ever manned would not be manly simply because of the color? No. And not just because he’d knock you out for even suggesting such a thing.
2. It’s Not White Zinfandel
When a lot of people think of pink wines, they think of white zinfandel, a cloyingly sweet wine that is best reserved for the Solo cups of relatives you don’t care much for at family barbecues. True rosés aren’t all sweet like white zin is. Sure, some can be sweet, but over the last few years, winemakers from around the world (mainly France, the U.S., and Italy, the world’s largest producers of rosé) have been making rosés across the spectrum of sweet and dry. If the thought of overly sweet wine turns your stomach, never fear. There is still a rosé for you.
3. You Look Cultured
Rosé is the wine of choice for many people in the warmer months. The cool crispness of a nicely chilled bottle helps while the hours away while sitting at a street-side café in Paris or Milan. Not heading overseas anytime soon? Just think of it this way: Do you want to seem like a jerk who scoffs at rosé when the girl you’re trying to get with orders some?
4. They’re Classic as Sh*t
Winemaking had to start somehow, and it’s widely recognized that it was with wines that would resemble the rosés we know today. There was some contact between grape skins and juice — because they were stomped or squeezed by foot/hand — but not to the level that is done by machine today to achieve the dark colors we find in wines like pinot noirs.
5. They Pair Well with Tons of Foods
Just like reds and whites, rosés pair well with food. I mean, like really well. It doesn’t matter if it’s an outdoor brunch, a picnic, or even a barbecue, there is a rosé for the occasion. When you’re thinking of pairing combinations, typical rosé flavors fall closer to the white side of things, so light, fresh foods are a surefire hit — think fish, seafood, and salads. Plus, drinking rosé with dinner won’t leave you feeling stuffed and bloated.
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