These days, it’s possible to find rosé of nearly every grape varietal and from all over the world — France, of course, but also Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. We’re living in a rosé world, and while that means drinking pink is more exciting than ever, it’s also more overwhelming to navigate the myriad bottles. We asked the pros to pick delicious and affordable bottles to buy and drink right now (and we included a few of our favorites as well).
These picks from Trisha Antonsen, Chief Cocktail Officer at booze courier service Drizly, run the gamut from a deep-red, berry-forward pinot noir from California to a Rioja rosado (that's Spanish for rosé) that's the perfect pairing for spicy takeout.
- La Vieille Ferme: From the Rhone Valley region of France, this rosé is fruity, dry, and smooth. It goes well with barbecue meats and hearty stews.
- Trinquevedel Tavel: This wine from the Rhone Valley region of France has undertones of nut and hints of spice. Try it with a cheese and charcuterie board with olives and pickled vegetables.
- Calera Vin Gris: With cranberry, strawberry, and rhubarb flavors; a round finish; and aromas of pomegranate, this wine from California’s central coast is perfect for a chilly winter night. It would pair beautifully with a goat cheese ravioli or creamy mushroom risotto.
- Carlin de Paolo Chiaretto: This Northern Italian wine is bursting with ripe berry flavor that mellows into light clove and spice notes. Serve with oven-roasted root vegetables or meats like turkey, chicken, or pork loin.
- El Coto: Winter storms mean delivery food season for us, and we love this wine from the Rioja region of Spain, which has flavors of strawberry, black cherry, and pepper, with spicy pad thai or a carnitas burrito.
Pierrick Bouquet at the La Nuit En Rose's Winter Edition festival in New York
La Nuit En Rosé is a series of food and wine events in New York, Miami, London, and Los Angeles with, you guessed it, rosé as the focal point. Now there's a festival we can get behind. These are a few of founder Pierrick Bouquet's top finds.
- Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc: This pale pink rosé from the South of France is great for a picnic on the beach, but if you can't wait, try it now with a big bowl of steamed mussels.
- Domaine de l'Ile: This is a rosé for foodies — rich, complex, beautifully made. Made in Provence, the salmon-hued wine is a blend of grenache, mouvedre, cinsaut, and tibouren.
- Wölffer Estate Finca Rosé: North meets south in this wine from a Long Island producer using grapes from Argentina's Mendoza. First bottled in 2015, this is what I drink with my wine connoisseur friends.
- AIX Rose: This Provence rosé is what I bring when I go to a friend's house for dinner. It's a sure crowd-pleaser.
Chateau La Gordonne: Another satisfying sipper from Provence, this is a medium-bodied rosé that can stand up to the richer dishes of the season.
Wine consultant and aspiring master sommelier Chantelle Pabros has been exploring rosé from Bordeaux lately. Unlike red wines from the region, which tend to have astronomical prices, the pink stuff is reasonably priced and light on the palate, with fruity and floral aromas. "It’s a great way to introduce our generation to Bordeaux," she explains.
- Château Briot Bordeaux: I want to stock this year-round! Approachable and just the right balance of alcohol, fruit, and acidity, it's a great supporting role from the beginning of the meal to the main course (whether spicy or a delicate fish) and on to baked apple dessert. This is a winner.
- Chateau Penin Bordeaux: With a deeply concentrated color, this low-acidity rosé pairs effortlessly with dishes that bring the heat, and finishes vibrantly.
- Chateau de Sours: One of the most texturally satisfying out of the lineup, this is what the terroir of Bordeaux is all about: limestone, strawberries and cream, and a refreshing finish!
- Chateau Bonnet: This is the perfect rosé for a red wine drinker. It pretty much drinks like a red, but with freshness and pairing flexibility that most reds can’t offer.
Still life with rosé from our Cheesy V-Day soirée!
At The Kitchn, we love rosé — whether it's weird and slightly yeasty or crisp, classic, and so very French. We've tasted our fair share of the blush-hued wines (it's a tough job), but we've whittled our list down to these six.
- Mirabeau Classic: We drank this syrah-grenache blend, with notes of wild strawberries, red cherries, and raspberries, and its sister, the only slightly pricier Mirabeau Pure, at our Cheesy Valentine's Day gathering, and both wines were easy-drinking blasts of summertime.
- Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel: This is the workhorse rosé. It's acidic, but not too much, which means it does double duty as a patio-pounder and a company-worthy wine that goes with just about anything I'm cooking. Just a blush of berry scent makes it feel elegant in comparison to the more cloying rosés on the market. - Hali
- King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir Rosé: I fell in love with this wine when I lived in Oregon. Made from pinot noir grapes and fermented in stainless steel tanks, this wine is crisp, clean, and super fruity. - Lauren
- La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova Toscana IGT: This rosé from Tuscany is crisp with great minerality, which is a bit of an anomaly for Italian rosé, and exactly the reason I love it. - Sheela
- Podere Il Saliceto "Falistra": I'm obsessed with this funky rosé. It's technically a Lambrusco, but it tastes like some of the stranger hard ciders I've had recently. The color is super bright and beautiful – a little deeper than your average rosé. It's great with cheese and meat or really all the things. - Ariel
- Lusenti "Fiocco di Rose": I discovered this organic sparkling rosé from Northern Italy at my local wine shop. Lean and fresh with the palest pink hue, it's both elegant and effervescent. - Geraldine
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