This Saturday is National Rosé Day – a holiday that is quite possibly one of my top favorites when it comes to fun, quirky holidays. By the way, when did we acquire so many random holidays and what in the world is Tin Can Day (Jan 19th?) I’m all about any excuse to celebrate, but some of these seem a bit overkill, haha. Nonetheless, a holiday that celebrates wine, is a serious holiday in my book! That being said, in honor of National Rosé Day we searched up and down the wine aisles, in a variety of wine shops, in search of that shimmery pink liquid the world has become very obsessed with (#roseallday!) With our shopping carts full, we headed home to spend countless hours taste testing each bottle (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it). In the end, and feeling pretty good, we narrowed down our selection to these top 8 rosé wines we deem as pretty dang delicious and summer sipping worthy! Keep reading to see our list…
2017 Stars Like Ours Rosé
I’m a huge fan of Tank Garage Winery and their AWESOME branding! Unfortunately have yet to visit their awesome 1930’s gas station tasting room in Calistoga, despite the numerous time’s I’ve driven past it. Major fail! But I have indulged in this bottle numerous times and I’m instantly greeted by delicious aromas of jasmine, strawberries and watermelon.
It’s fun and WAY to easy to drink; filled with summery fruits like melons and apricots on the palate. This is summer in a bottle, friends!
2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir
I started following Red Car Wines on Instagram a few months ago; being drawn to their beautiful labels, obviously. I can’t help it, as a graphic designer, it’s becoming clear that I choose my wines by the labels, haha!
Red Car Wines resides in the stunning coastal hills of West Sonoma Coast. This rose is a blend of Sonoma Coast and Mendocino Ridge appellations. The cool climates of these two areas result in a lovely dry rosé, that’s crisp and bursting in delightful acidity. Expect flavors like strawberry, violet, bing cherry, juicy grapefruit and tangerine.
2017 Saved Magic Maker Rose
Saved Wines is the brainchild of celebrity tattooist-turned-visual artist Scott Campbell. Together with winemaker Clay Brock they’ve produced a beautifully dry rose that’s perfect for sipping all summer long by the pool. This is a delicate and balance rosé with magical aromas of orange blossom, wet stone, fresh peaches, and rhubarb. As you start to sip on this crisp juice you will get hints of strawberries, grapefruit, lime zest and white peach. It also goes without saying that I’m especially in love with the label Scott personally designed himself. Oh, and did I mention his wife is Lake Bell? Serious “girl crush” over here, so obviously I had to give this rosé a try and yep, it’s freaking delicious!
2017 Isabel Mondavi Rosé
This rosé wine is straight up pretty, with it’s chic floral label and lovely salmon-pink color – the perfect accessory when hosting your next girls brunch! Isabel Mondavi collection of wines were made for Isabel (daughter-in-law of Robert Mondavi) by her son, Rob Mondavi Jr. They are meant to be food friendly, elegant, and easy to appreciate. Enticing aromas of cranberry, cherry, strawberry and ripe pear. As you drink this wine you get layers of bright red fruits the lend to its intense juiciness.
2016 Tendance Caladoc Rosé
This is the wine to drink on the patio, all season long!
I’m usually a California wine girl, especially after calling it home for a few years. However, I’m starting to enjoy all of the stunning rosé wines from the southeast coast of France; the Provence and Rhône Valley regions. They work beautifully with food and have a refreshing minerality to them. This Tendance Caladoc Rosé is super sexy, with great body, red fruit (the typical delicious strawberry-raspberry combo) fragrant floral nuances and bright citrus. Summer has arrived and it’s all in this beautiful bottle!
Domaine Loubejac Rosé Willamette
All of the aromas of summer can be found in this bottle set to a French Provençal tune but calling home to Willamette Valley, Oregon. I love the soft salmon color with juicy aromas of fresh peaches, red berries, and hints of citrus. This is a pretty light bodied wine, so I’m all about sipping this rosé out on the back deck with a good book. If you are pairing it with food, go with something that has some spicy kick, poultry, or a lighter meal!
Anna Codorniu Brut Rosé
This lovely sparkling rosé hails all the way from Lleida, Spain in the beautiful region of Cava. Honestly, it’s the perfect way to glam up your summertime parties! It’s an elegant wine made with some of the most prestigious Pinot Noir varieties that are highly desired for a sparkling rosé in that region. I’m madly in love with the zippy, refreshing notes of strawberries and cherries, with hints of spice and citrus. It finished really strong and perfectly dry – which is my cup of tea, as I’ve slowly moved away from super sweet sparkling wines over the years.
This sparkling rosé is perfect for the bbq, grilled pork, shellfish, large salads, pasta with fish and honestly, just sipping on it’s own!
2016 Rosé de Loire “Les Camelias”
Chateau de la Roulerie (in the region of Loire) has produced a really easy drinking and affordable rosé wine ($10) that’s full-bodied and exploding with fresh strawberries on the palate. There’s also delightful notes of raspberry, vanilla, and red apple. You’re going to get some tart acidity as it finishes quite dry, but personally I like that. Especially in the height of summer, when you want something refreshing and fun to sip on.