If you're at all like me, there's always a bottle or two of rosé in the refrigerator come summertime, ready for expected (and unexpected) guests any day of the week. Rosé is my summer dinner party wine, when we eat outdoors under twinkly lights. It's the wine I drink with my best friend while sitting on the back stoop until the mosquitoes chase us in, or the one I pour to go with grilled cheese sandwiches, or a salad Nicoise, or any simple cool food I crave on nights when it's too hot to cook.
Rosé comes in a gradient of colors, from a deep rose to pinkish orange to barely tinted. It radiates a festive vibe that goes well with sandals and backyard dining. Casual yet sophisticated, complex but not overly so, rosé is indispensable.
Consider picking up a case, if you have the room in your kitchen and pocketbook.
Rosé rules my world from May through October (often the warmest month where I live), but it isn't the only wine I like to sip in summer. Recently there's been a lot of talk about chilling certain reds for refreshing hot-weather sipping and I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite aperitif, Lillet Blanc on ice.
Summertime and summer wines are all about refreshment, lightness, and ease, so save the richer and more complex wines for the winter months to come. Lift a glass and celebrate the bright, light final days of summer now. Have you sipped enough rosé yet this summer?