If you're like me, a crisp sip of rosé in the summertime is one of life's simple pleasures. Rosé has been around forever, of course, but it has certainly been having a moment with wine enthusiasts over the past few years and let me tell you...I'm not complaining! Always a favorite for a summer night glass, a lounge by the pool or hostest gift for a backyard BBQ, I thought I would take a moment to highlight some of my (& many of yours I'm sure) favorite rosé wines of summer. Since everyone loves a list, I'm capping mine at my Top 10 Rosés of Summer, then for added fun I'm pairing a couple with curated recipes by reknowned chefs who participated in the aptly named, Rosé Project, this past month at the Surf Lodge.
Before we start, I must preface that this is not in any particular order, as I love all of these rosé wines in equal and copious proportions.
Kicking it off with a familiar one, Whispering Angel, transports me to the Hamptons over Memorial Day weekend. With hints of minerality, light strawberry and sweet peach, yet still dry - this angel can whisper in my ear anytime!
I'm always game for some bubbles, but it was the delicate pomegranate pink and orange glimmers of Ruinart Rosé that first caught my attention ...all before even taking my first taste. Very aromatic as well as memorable from the first sip, expect a palette of tropical fruits and small berries, making it perfect for pretty much any moment throughout the meal. In my opinion, though, I would pair it with chef, Dan Kluger of Loring Place's delicious dish of Grilled Sugar Snap Peas, Radish and Pecorino Vinaigrette. Courtesy of Athena of Eyeswoon, you can find the recipe right here.
This 2016 vintage of Domaines Ott Romassan Bandol rosé is elegant and delicate with a crisp freshness. It initially displays aromas of citrus which evolve to more complex notes of vine peach, almond and white flowers. It's a pretty bottle, too, which is always nice to arrive with, in hand, to a dinner party.
Yes, of course, the question on all of our minds is who will get Miraval, Brad or Angie? Regardless of what side it shall fall, I'll remain Team Miraval. Pretty sure Syvan Ayla would agree, as I snagged this picture from her post explaining why she failed her cleanse. This is an anytime rosé for me. It is smooth, minerally with strawberry and tangerine notes. Bottomline, I'm pretty sure it has caused problems for many a person's cleanse.
I encourage you to click the hyperlink for this rosé as it is the product of a Swedish graffiti artist, André Saraiva, and French winemaker, Régine Sumeire. Fun fact, as a young winemaker in 1985, Régine had the idea to vinify red Grenache by pressing the entire grapes using a champanese press. The resulting juice that poured from the press had a pale color. Pétale de Rose was born and has been recognized as the first pale rosé in Provence. You know what this means, right? She created the color palette that we all covet oh so much! This is not to say the darker rosés aren't worth a sip but, from my experience, they certainly get passed up more times than not for that lovely pale pink..aka the rosé shade of wine.
I would be remiss to write a post about rosé and not include my beloved Veuve Clicquot Rosé. The muse of Splash of Rosé as well as a symbol of numerous joyful moments all of which are documented here, here and of course, here. Need I say more?
As previously mentioned, darker rosés are nothing to be ignored. Though a darker looking rosé, this wine drinks clean and bright. The Montoni estate was established in 1469 and has deep roots in the soul of Sicilian winemaking, so they have that going for them. They use gravity chambers to process the wines, allowing nature to do much of the work for the fermentation process as well. It pairs well with appetizers and unsurprisingly, it's an excellent choice with seafood, especially a dish with some flavor.
Another one from the Rosé Project, Melia Marden, served her Cold Poached Salmon with Herb Salad & Tzatziki, which looks absolutely divine. Chef at the The Smile in Noho Manhattan as well as her recently opened, Smile to Go, in Dumbo...don't miss out on her delicious mediterranean offerings and obviously, pair it with a chilled rosé.
Photo credit from Cool Hunting's Instagram, I had to borrow it to really show you what's cool about this bottle. The bottom is a rose! It also has a glass cork, which is another unique design component to the bottle. Okay, now that I've covered the aesthetics, let me tell you about how tasty this new favorite of mine is. With a fresh and fruity palette, I love drinking this wine super chilled on a hot day. Whether by a pool, the ocean or simply dining al fresco, this rosé is always on my list.
I first had this beautiful pale French rosé in St. Barths and was very struck by the lightness of it. The floral aromatic is enchanting. It's as if you poured yourself a glass of stunning flowers but they taste like perfectly crisp citrus and lychee. Yum! I took a picture of the bottle, although I knew I wouldn't forget this simple yet chic blue bottle. Once back in LA, I couldn't seem to find it, until I happened upon it in the well known wine store,K & L Wine, in Hollywood. If you're local or simply visiting, they have wine tastings on Saturdays, and their sommeliers definitely know what they're talking about.
I love a chilled citrusy glass on Sancerre, the French white wine of the same regional name. So, when I read about Sancerre rosés, I knew it was a must try and was happy to find it under $20 at the store. It is dry and medium-bodied, so pairs nicely with strong cheeses and charcuterie.
C'est fini! Did your favorite make the list? I hope that it did as well as you are inspired to now find a new one! Special thanks to my friend, Kristin Studeman, who first told me about The Rosé Project which consequently inspired me to take on my own rosé project of sorts - figuring out this list! It was so much fun flexing my wine enthusiast knowledge for this post, so thank you Kristin and thank YOU ALL...as always for following along.