Rosé wines are perhaps the most versatile, food-friendly wines around. They have had an image problem to overcome, thanks in part to the run of "White Zin," as many consumers mistake Rosé wines to be overly sweet and in the category of "starter wine." However, Rosé wine sales are on the rise as savvy Wine Lovers have discovered that many of these pink wines lean more to the side of dry than the color suggests. The vast majority of Rosé wines offer a very good wine value for the... money, making it especially popular among younger generations. Rosé wine hues come from the short contact time that the grape juice has with the grape skin. Serve chilled.
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This Syrah-based rose presents loads of fresh picked strawberry essence and herbal spice on the nose. Elegance, ambiance, and packaged with some serious bottle appeal, the 2015 rose from Charles and Charles delivers exceptional citrus, earthy minerality, sizzling acidity and a dry, crisp, food-friendly finish.
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V. Sattui Gamay Rouge 2012 (CA) $19
Loaded with sweet fresh floral scents and red, candied fruit aromas on the nose, the 2011 V. Sattui Gamay Rouge offers plenty of variety to please the nose, palate, and plate. The flavor profile reveals sweet strawberry, Bing cherry, and bright acidity all wrapped up in a balanced, semi-sweet finish.
03 of 12Fresh. Rich. Elegant. Mumm Napa is one of those steady, eddie producers that delivers delicious, consistent, sparkling wine year in and year out at fair price points. Take the Mumm Napa Brut Rose - you'll find buckets of bubbles, juicy red fruit and plenty of pep on the palate. Expect loads of strawberry and ripe raspberry to make an early introduction, followed by the engaging encore of yeast-driven notes and sparkling layers of vanilla spice. With solid structure, fresh fruit, a steady... stream of bubbles and the ability to partner with an impressive collection of ethnic cuisines.
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This Paso Robles rosé brings a blend of four famous Rhone varieties, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise, and Syrah grapes to the mix. Provencal in tone and color, expect light salmon hues with some serious citrus and rose up front on the aromatics, while red fruit prevails on the palate. The palate explodes with ripe cherry and strawberry, bright acidity and a decent dose of minerality on the finish.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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This Cabernet Sauvignon-inspired dry rosé from South Africa is a delicious blend of rose oil and ripe red fruit on the nose. The palate profile steers decidedly towards ripe strawberry and raspberry with a touch of white pepper spice mid-palate. The result is a bright pink wine with a tantalizing combination of fruit and acidity, which allows for unlimited food pairing combinations!
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The Montes Cherub is always a visually stunning wine. The color is a magnificent hot pink. This well-received rosé from Chile is crafted solely from Syrah grapes, producing a classy, ultra dry rosé with plenty of concentrated red berry fruit and a touch of citrus on the edge. Simply delicious vintage in and vintage out!
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A delightful, Provencal rose wine, fresh and lively with an affection for food (and flowers), the Mirabeau Rose hails from Aix-en-Provence and shines brightly in the wave of new spring rose releases. Carrying a lovely 60/40 split of Syrah and Grenache, buckle up for loads of bright red berry fruit to flood to the forefront, with lip-smacking acidity and a remarkable food-friendly nature.
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Dominated by the Grenache grape, this fresh, dry French rosé has plenty of power and balance. The color is a medium pink rose and the aromas are largely floral. On the palate expect red cherry, some raspberry nuances and a steely, mineral component with a bit of body to round things out. This is a charming blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. A well-reputed rosé from the Cotes du Rhone that will pair well tastes of summer.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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A sweet, sparkling wine treat bringing well-perfumed aromatics and bursting with fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit. The Batasiolo Moscato Rose promises to be the perfect summer sipper for those looking to find a light-bodied, slightly sparkling, easy on the alcohol and heavy on the fruit wine find. This particular rosé wine would partner up well with the fresh flavors of strawberry pie, peach cobbler, nutty desserts, or summer salads that are a little lighter on the acidity. Remember to serve... well chilled to keep the bubbles and flavors at their peak.
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This Cremant Rosé is a gorgeous sparkling wine from Burgundy, made with Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir grapes. The Louis Boillot Cremant de Bourgogné Rose is one of the most reasonably priced French sparklers around, weighing in at under $15 a pop. Buckle up for some serious strawberry and fresh raspberry themes followed up by an understated elegance balanced by sturdy structure, plenty of bubbles and super food-friendly character. The Perle d'Aurore is a fantastic budget-friendly sparkling wine... find, consider pairing it with smoked salmon, milk chocolate covered strawberries or raspberry tart.
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From one of Spain's Rioja powerhouses, this always-say-summer rosé brings true pink color tones to the glass. The aromas carry a mix of fruit notes from citrus to berry and extend towards tropical. The palate offers an unexpected complexity, with vibrant red berry fruit, a splash of lemon-lime citrus and an integrated white pepper spice. This is a lovely rosé wine find for spring and summer sipping.
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This particular bright pink rosé is derived from 100% Malbec and brings with it a serious fresh factor, full of ripe, juicy red fruit. The palate is pliable and the fruit is forward with plenty of raspberry and tart blackberry in the mix, yet the acidity keeps the fruit in line and makes for a very versatile wine overall.