The Case for Drinking More Pink Wine

Posted May 06, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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Alternate names for this article:

- A rosé by any other name

- Kissed by a rosé

- Rosé cheeks

- Rosé colored glasses

- Stop and smell the rosé

Ok now that we’ve gotten all of those out of the way, we can do the actual article, which is great, because it’s super important.

You’re not drinking enough rosé. It’s hard for us to broach an important topic like this on a Wednesday, but there it is. There could be all sorts of reasons. Maybe you think all pink wine is sweet. Maybe you think pink wine is unrefined. Maybe you think pink wine isn’t for “real wine lovers”. All of those are bad reasons. All of them are wrong. We’re not mad, we’re just disappointed.

Rosé is the perfect summer wine. It’s cool, crisp, and tart like a white wine, but displays great fruit and complexity like a red. It can be made either by blending a red and a white, or by allowing a red wine to sit with its skins (mascerate) for a very limited amount of time. It’s also perfect for white wine drinkers who want to expand their horizons but aren’t quite adjusted to the tannins in red yet.

Here are our top five picks:

2014 Domaine Reine Juliette Rosé

A bottle full of strawberries masquerading as a bottle full of wine, the Domaine Reine Juliette is exactly the right wine to bring on the first picnic of the summer.

2014 Vrac Rosé

A long-standing tradition in is for locals to buy their wine in bulk or “en vrac” directly from the barrells of their neighborhood wineries. Open a bottle of this, and you’ll immediately be transported to one of the little villages that dot the south of France. This is the authentic, quaffable rosé experience, right here.

2013 Chateau De Beaupre Coteaux D'aix-En-Provence Rosé

Carefully temperature-controlled through fermentation, this rosé does an especially good job of bringing some of the structure through from the Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault that comprise it.

2014 Molino A Vento Rosato

Moving from Southern France to Sicily, the Molino a Vento shifts the spectrum from strawberries to cherries, with a refreshing, but not-over-the-top acidity. The land where this wine is produced has a history of devastating earthquakes, so they say every bottle is a “tribute to the sacrifices of those who have worked this land for generations”

2014 Josep Foraster Trepat Rosé

Finally, we find ourselves on the northeast coast of Spain drinking one of the most spectacular rosés we’ve tried in recent years. Made from the indigenous Trepat grape, this rosé brings an astonishing amount of complexity, and a backbone of pronounced minerality to balance its lush red fruit.


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