A sassy alternative to white wine and a rosy alternative to red, Rosé is both old and new school. It’s the perfect aperitif, and a fantastic partner to a host of cuisines -- not that anyone needs a reason to indulge in this luscious pink drink. In honor of #NationalRoséDay on June 10th, read on about some of our fave rosés and check out our collection of perfectly pink still, sparkling and pet-nat wines!
Helmed by fourth generation winemakers Alfio and Andrea Maudado, their goal is to create an opportunity for wine lovers to travel through Sicily through every glass. The Maudados focus on “extracting the maximum quality from the fertile lands of Sicily,” enhancing each vineyard’s unique character through careful agriculture and minimal intervention in the cellar. This cheekily illustrated rosé is part of the "Sicilia Illustrata" brand, born from the pencil of Lelio Bonaccorso and the design of Tonino Donato. A deep pink in the glass, this blend of 40% Nero d’Avola and 60% Nerello Mascalese has aromas of wild berries and fresh flowers. Well balanced with rounded flavors and bright acidity, this wine is excellent as an aperitif or alongside vegetables, fish and all light and fresh dishes.
Château de Manissy stands on the right bank of the river Rhône; a historic wine estate dating back to the 17th century, whose iconic vineyards produce wines in the Tavel appellation. In the early 20th century, both the château and its vineyards were bequeathed to a religious order of monks. In 2003, winegrower Florian André took over management of the vineyards and has picked up where the Brothers left off, making classic southern Rhône wines. The "Cuvée des Lys" is a blend of Grenache, Clairette, and Syrah with a vibrant color, aroma and flavor. From the first sip, the wine explodes with a cascade of fruit, finishing with lovely balance and minerality. Organic and biodynamic, the wine is an excellent partner for Mediterranean fare, sushi or sashimi.
Founded by winemaker and owner Brianne Day, Day Wines is a producer of boutique, artisanal bottlings made from fruit sourced exclusively from a small group of Oregon growers who utilize biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable vineyard practices. To create distinct expressions of this corner of the world, Day Wines focuses on fruit harvested from the esteemed Willamette Valley to exotic varietals found in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. Brianne Day’s newest release, this wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Grenache from vineyards in the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. The fruit was harvested over the course of ten days from a variety of vineyard sites, making for a bright, juicy, and multidimensional rosé. A soft, pale pink in the glass, the wine is full of notes of ripe lemon, strawberry, grapefruit, pink apple, river stones, and flowers. Each glass brings you one step closer to an Oregon summer.
Karine Millet recently took over the family domaine in Sacy, a tiny hamlet near Crézancy in France. Karine practices polyculture, the historical practice in Sancerre, as well as sustainable farming. The domaine is presently in conversion to be certified organic. This Pinot Noir rosé from Domaine de Sacy is a pale peachy-pink in the glass, with aromas of grapefruit zest, tart cherry, and cherry blossoms. Lithe on the palate, with refreshing acidity, this Sancerre bursts with flavors of tart cherry, thyme, and wet stone with hints of watermelon rind on the finish. Enjoy a chilled glass with a cranberry chicken salad, grilled fish, barbeque chicken, or portobello burgers.
Life really is a beach for winemaker Mirco Mariotti, who farms old vines in Bosco Eliceo, located on the Romagna side of Emilia-Romagna just 300m from the Adriatic sea. This land is somewhat off the beaten path and laid back in a region known not only for its legendary food scene, but also for its rich tradition of sparkling wines. Locals hang out by the beach, eating grilled flat-bread sandwiches called piadina romagnola, and playing Sèt e Mèz, a card game similar to Blackjack, and the namesake of this charming dry rosé pet nat, made from 100% organically farmed Fortana. Sèt e Mèz is refreshing and savory, with notes of black cherry and strawberry and a pleasingly bitter, vermouth-like spice. Kick off your sandals, light up the grill, and deal the cards. This is beach-farmer-fizz that’s as distinctive, delicious, and without pretense as its hometown.
Marvina Robinson’s love affair with Champagne began during her college days. She and her friends would often pool their limited funds to purchase a bottle from a local shop not far from her childhood home in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. They would toast and proudly sip out of their plastic cups. The cups may have changed, but Marvina’s love for the juice continued. She launched the critically acclaimed B. Stuyvesant Champagne, becoming one of the first African American women to head a Champagne label. Salmon-colored, dry, and elegant, this Champagne is one of the flagship offerings of B. Stuyvesant Champagne. Produced at a vineyard in the Marne, the base wine is a blend of about 58% Pinot Noir, 22% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. Hints of cherry blossom and raspberry on the nose give way to fleshy red currant and cherries on the palate, with a long and refreshing finish. Who needs a reason? Each sip is a celebration in itself.
Juan José Ledesma lives, breathes and plays Chilean wine. Juan was born to a family of musicians and, if you were to ask him, he would probably say he is a musician first and a winemaker second. Juan has combined both passions by utilizing music to assist with the fermentations and elevage of some of his Terroir Sonoro wines, going so far as to plunge speakers (actually a magnetic transducer in silicon) into the barrels during elevage. It’s his belief that the vibrations assist in harmonizing the wines. Think of it as battonage with vibrations. The wines with guitar strings on the labels have been treated to music while those without are simply pure reflections of the unique terroir of the Valle del Itata. Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely delicious, El Impostor is an organic, dry, sparkling Cinsault that positively glows with bright pink color. It’s tart and tangy with a sour cherry note that is similar in appearance to a Lambrusco Rosato and similar in flavor to a sour beer or a piquette.