A few years ago it was believed the rosé craze was a trend. It appears now it’s here to stay. Thinking pink is serious, wineries around the world have embraced rose as part of their portfolio. It is also fun, pouring a refreshing glass of pink wine makes me smile because I know my mouth is in for a treat. Rosé is summer in a glass. As we approach National Rosé Day – second Saturday in June – here are some American made roses to quench your thirst.
I am not sure when National Rosé Day began or who started it. I am not even sure it is necessary – don’t we all drink rose in the summer? A wine that is fun because of its color, and is serious because so many quality roses – crisp, refreshing, dry, fruity, savory, high acidity, pairs great with summer food – are now available, is a wine to be celebrated all summer (and all year).
Here are nine American made rosé to enjoy this summer:
2017 Aridus Wine Company Rosé Arizona USA ($29.40): This is one of my favorite rosés of the summer so far; a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, this is a carefully crafted wine; the results are outstanding – notes of ripe apricots, grilled peaches, summer red berries, and violets, on the palate the grilled peach flavor adds a touch of sweetness making this an ideal wine with spicy foods like the Chili Lime Chicken Tacos we enjoyed with it; four months in new and used oak add a richness to its texture, high acidity makes your mouth want another sip; I am not often wowed but this wine wowed me. Yes, its from Arizona – yes you should buy some. Visit Aridus Wine Company to purchase.
2017 Balletto Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Sonoma USA ($20): This is the summer quaffing rosé – perfect for porch sipping; light and crisp with fresh picked strawberries, ripe watermelon, a touch of melon and trailing lime zest; refreshing, easy to drink and enjoy. Visit Balletto to purchase.
2017 Cline Cellars Cashmere Rosé California USA ($18): 91% Zinfandel, 9% Primitvo; this is a great food wine; notes of red cherries, watermelon, strawberries mingle with violets and citrus; medium acidity, medium body, and a kiss of sweetness mid-palate add to its enjoyment with spicy summer food and the sweetness of barbecue sauce. This wine will take you from summer into fall with food pairings. Visit Cline Cellars to purchase.
2017 Castello di Amorosa Rosato di Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Morning Dew Ranch Rosé Wine USA ($39): Made of 100% Pinot Noir, this rosé is elegant and restrained, notes of fresh strawberries, watermelon, and cherries are joined by rose petals and dried herbal notes; fresh, light, medium+ acidity, friendly and approachable; great with food or just sip and enjoy. Visit Castello di Amorosa to purchase.
2016 Hat Ranch Winery Dry Rosé Snake River Valley Idaho USA ($15.95): This wine offers delicate aromas of strawberries, watermelon, floral notes, trailing citrus, and crushed stone; dry, medium- body, crisp acidity – a straight-forward, highly enjoyable wine. If you have not yet tried wine from Idaho, what are you waiting for? Idaho makes high quality wines, Hat Ranch is a great place to start your exploration. Visit Hat Ranch to purchase.
2017 Left Coast Cellars Rosé Willamette Valley Oregon USA ($24): This wine is made for summer – picnics on a beautiful day, laughter with family and friends, a rosé for all to enjoy; highly expressive wine with notes of darker fruit, blackberry, dark cherry, orange blossom, and baking spice; easy to enjoy by itself but pairs great with Asian cuisine, especially orange chicken; high acidity and medium weight, highly pleasing. Visit Left Coast Cellars to purchase.
2017 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County USA ($22): light and refreshing on the palate; notes of summer strawberries, watermelon, raspberry crème, nectarines, and violets are wrapped in medium+ acidity, a great wine to keep cool with style; pairs great with a variety of summer foods as well. Visit Lucas & Lewellen to purchase.
2016 Portlandia Pinot Noir Rosé Shepards Valley Vineyard Willamette Valley USA ($17.99): 56% Pinot Gris, 25% Pinot Noir, 19% Grenache; I am not sure why this wine is labeled ‘Pinot Noir Rosé with this blend but I can tell you it is delicious; bone dry with high acidity, delivering complex notes of white flowers, stone fruit, fresh summer red berries, citrus, and dried herbs; it has nice texture and a long finish. Visit Wine-Searcher to purchase.
2017 Silver Trident Winery Apollo’s Folly Rosé Napa Valley California USA ($32): Crafted of 100% Pinot Noir; light in color but big in flavor; notes of strawberry, cherry, watermelon, tropical fruits, and white floral notes; dry with mouth-watering acidity – super refreshing, very pleasing to sip and enjoy yet a great food wine because of its savory nature that balances out the fruit. A true find that you will love. Visit Silver Trident Winery to purchase.
I am thrilled to see online wine sales continuing to rise. If the only wines you buy are at your local retailer you are missing out on great wines from smaller producers who do not have local distribution. Embrace online ordering and try some of these rosés this summer.