I couldn't let National Rosé Day pass with sharing my personal favorites. But first, a disclaimer: I'm very new to the world of rosé. While G is responsible for the maturity of my wine pallet, he isn't a fan of rosé at all, so I've been venturing out into those waters solo. I can't make the claim that these wines are the best the rosé world has to offer. But I can say that they are crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking (all exactly what I'm looking for during the summer months). Here are my current favorites:
1) SAMUEL ROBERT ROSE WILLAMETTE "VINTNER'S RESERVE", 2019
This wine was a gamble for me - I went with it simply because it was one I hadn't tried yet on the top 12 wines for summer list at our local Total Wine. It was delightful. Medium-bodied, slightly sweet, and fruit forward with notes of watermelon, strawberry, and plum.
2) CHEMIN DES SABLES IGP MEDITERRANEE
This surprisingly affordable (read: under $10) wine is what I typically reach for when I grab a rosé. It's bright, crisp, and has hints of citrus and strawberry. The light body makes it especially easy to sip on when it's hot outside.
3) BERTRAND COTE DES ROSES ROSE
The first rosé I tried and liked, but it's number three on my list now. This wine is refreshing and light. Always a hit - and the bottle is gorgeous.
Tried but didn't love:
FLEURS DE PRAIRIE ROSE COTES DE PROVENCE
This was actually the first rosé recommended to me, and it wasn't my favorite. It's crisp and floral, which I think may have been the disconnect for me. I prefer slightly sweet, berries, and citrus. But if you like floral wines, this may be the ticket for you!
When it comes to accompaniments, I have to admit I look for fun first. After all, this is a variety of wine G doesn't enjoy, so I can pick up whatever speaks to me! Some personal favorites are these stemless bubble glasses, these delicate pink glasses, and these iridescent ones. I've also been eyeing this wine insulator - it seems like the perfect answer to these warm summer nights.
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Any favorites I didn't list? Drop me at DM over at @simplicityandcoffee so I can try them!