5 Delightful Pinks to Celebrate National Rosé Day
Celebrate National Rosé Day this weekend with some of my favorites! From cans to screwcaps to sparkling and bottles—there are so many wines I've been eyeing and have tasted. I sampled wines under $10 and some up to $30, but here are 5 of my favorites:
2018 Fleurs de Prairie Rosé, Vin de Provence, France $17
Fleurs is the epitome of chic pink. Hailing from southern France’s Côtes de Provence, this aromatic rosé in made in the classic Provençal style capturing an alluring pale hue and delicate flavors. With a stylish wildflower-embellished bottle that gives a nod to the meaning of the name, the Fleurs de Prairie blends traditional grapes such as Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. It is fresh, vibrant and oh-so-easy to enjoy.
2018 Bota Box Dry Rosé, California $24 box = $6 bottle
Think boxed wine is cheap? Not so fast. Bota Box will have you thinking “inside” the box. This three-liter container is the equivalent of four bottles, so it is affordable. But, because the quality of the wine is so high, it’s the best rosé deal on the market. Bota Box can stay fresh for weeks, is portable, and the packaging is environmentally friendly. Juicy with a dry finish, it’s a pink to drink all summer long.
2018 Faustino VII Rosado, Rioja, Spain $12
Often drinkers think of only elegant reds from the region of Rioja, Spain, but the lesser-known treasure is Rioja Rosados. Made with Tempranillo – the classic red grape of Rioja – the Faustino is a dry-styled pink with spicy notes and a whiff of floral aromas. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, it’s a rosé meant to be drunk with food from fruit salad to barbeque ribs...and everything in between.
2018 LVE Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France $25
If you want to splurge on a pink with star power, look to Legend Vineyard Exclusives (LVE). A partnership between wine-loving singer, John Legend, and celebrity vintner, Jean-Charles Boisset, the LVE brand has a home in Napa Valley at Raymond Vineyards, but its heart is in France. This beautifully-dressed bottle is not only pretty to look at but delicious to drink.
Scharffenberger Brut Rosé ‘Excellence’ Sparkling, Mendocino County, California $26
Scharffenberger has been crafting world-class sparkling wine in Mendocino for nearly 40 years. This pink bubbly shows why it’s one of California’s classics. Using the traditional bottle-fermented method, their wines are known for smooth complexity. Made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Brut Rosé ‘Excellence’ is a wine to open for cocktails but has the richness to pair with an entire meal including dessert. Pop one open tonight.
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