Rosé All Day

Glasses of RoseJune 8 is National Rosé Day, but it’s not the only time to rosé all day! Spring is here and summer is around the corner, and therefore, there’s always an occasion to drink pink. Certainly, it’s time to drink pink on the patio, oceanside or poolside. We sip it on our deck lakeside on warm evenings, and watch its pretty color match the gorgeous Washington sunsets. However, there are many colors of rosé, from the palest of pinks to rich cranberry and even orange. Here are some we’ve tasted lately.

Rosé All Day

Rosé All DayWe still have more than a week until National Rosé Day on June 8. Consequently, we opened four bottles of rosé in advance, to help us decide what to pour on the big day. They are from California, France, and Portugal, priced from $19-$28.

We also have to decide on food pairings, which is fairly easy. For example, you can pair food-friendly rosé with seafood, shellfish and smoked salmon. Or, for instance, try salads, pasta, grilled chicken, grilled lamb, Asian dishes or red-berry desserts. Moreover, you can drink it without food, as a refreshing summer sipper.

Hecht and Bannier Coteaux d’Aix en Provence AOC Organic Rosé 2023 ($20)

Hecht and Bannier Provence 2023Simply put, Hecht & Bannier Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Organic Rose 2023 is a beautiful example of a high-quality rosé from Provence. Maison Hecht and Bannier is a boutique winery, specializing in wines from both Provence and Languedoc. (In fact, we are so impressed with this label that we just put in an order at one of our local wine shops to try their Picpoul-Chardonnay white blend from Languedoc.) This wine is ballerina pink – the pale pink of a ballet slipper – and a medium-dry blend of organic Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino. Aromas and flavors of white peaches, herbs, lime and ginger entice. We enjoyed it with different cheeses on the deck on a sunny afternoon. But it would also pair with seafood dishes, grilled chicken or salads. And it is intense and substantial enough to stand alone.

LEOS Rosé Cuvée Augusta 2023 ($19)

LeosLike the Hecht & Bannier, this is another organic rosé from France, LEOS Cuvée Augusta 2023. LEOS blended Grenache, Bourbulenc and Vermentino into a balanced, light and elegant wine in a pretty etched bottle. Delicate, yet with substance and liveliness, LEOS opens with aromas of tangerines and berries, which mirror the palate. While this rosé pairs with seafood and most Mediterranean dishes, the producer also recommends a “rare experience and an explosion of flavors” by serving it with goats cheese coated with wild thyme confit from the Domaine de LEOS.

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé 2023 ($28)

Tablas CreekCalifornia’s Tablas Creek crafted this 2023 rosé in the Provence style, blending 71% Grenache with 20% Mourvèdre, 8% Vermentino and 1% Counoise. Tablas Creek sourced the grapes from eleven Rhône-style vineyards in Paso Robles. As a result, the Grenache brings aromas and flavors of strawberries to this refreshing wine, while the Mourvèdre provides deeper red fruit and structure. Meanwhile, Counoise adds spice and Verminto offers citrus notes. Consequently, we found a crisp, bright wine that our entire group of tasters applauded.

Miles Madeira Atlantis Tinta Negra 2022 ($19)

AtlantisFrom Portugal’s volcanic island of Madeira, Atlantis Tinta Negra 2022 is all about the minerality. In addition, this is the fruitiest of the four wines we tasted, with bursts of strawberries on the nose, palate and the finish. Atlantis also features a darker pink color than the others. Miles Madeira sourced the Tinta Negra grape for this wine. As well as the other food pairings previously mentioned, Atlantis goes nicely with savory, spicy dishes, including Mediterranean and Indian food.

Summary

In conclusion, we love many different styles of rosés. We also love National Rosé Day, and hope you do too. On the other hand, we also hope you enjoy this refreshing summer sipper all year round.

Thank you, Vineyard Brands, for the samples.

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Cheers!
Margot and Dave