Yep, it’s that glorious time of year when golden sunshine-filled days lead into rosy blush-hued sunsets and everyone is drinking pink. Tomorrow is National Rosé Day, so if you aren’t toasting with a dry, luscious, refreshing Rosé sparkling or still wine, now is the time! Here are a few international favorites to consider.
Great Rosé is produced all over the world, with some of the best coming from France, particularly the Provence region. With a briny Mediterranean influence, and a mix of winds, including the Levant (bringing humidity off the Mediterranean), the Mistral winds (bringing a cooling wind from the north rolling through the Rhone Valley), and the Tramontane (bringing cold air from the Massif Central in Southwest France), each influencing the maturation of the fruit, locking in freshness, enhancing the classic woody Herbs de Provence flavors of the wines. Vibrant and juicy, Domaine Sorin Cotes de Provence Rosé ($14) layers wild strawberry, Bing cherry, and watermelon flavors with lilac and lavender.
With over 300 different grape varieties grown throughout Italy, diversity and regional authenticity easily shine through in every style of wine, including their lovely, luscious Rosé selections. With just 125 acres in all of Italy, Puglia’s red Susumaniello variety is crafted into a distinct, earthy Rosé from Li Veli with the Li Veli ‘Askos’ Susumaniello Rosato Salento ($23) revealing a creamy, fresh, aromatic wine opening with floral honeysuckle and lime leaf, leading to flavors of ripe melon, fresh cream, and red berries.
From the Veneto region of Italy, Scaia showcases the classic Rondinella variety, traditionally used as a blending grape for bold Valpolicella and Amarone. However, on its own, as displayed in Scaia Rosato ($13) this highly productive variety shows notes of red berry and cherry with subtle herbal notes and blanched almonds.
With zesty acidity and freshness, Garofoli Komaros Rosato ($14) from the Marche region of Italy showcased the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo variety beautifully, revealing an approachable, elevated Rosé wine with a striking deep pink color from the intensity of the red Montepulciano variety that even with a short time on the skins gives rich color. With ripe cherry, golden peach, and apricot flavors the wine easily melds with summer favorites like grilled shellfish, roasted salmon, light pasta, even roasted pork tenderloin.
Named for the Archangel St. Raphael, the “patron saint of travelers and ‘happy meetings’” Sicily’s Poggio Anima Raphel Rosato ($15) is completely unique, non-traditional, and quite delicious. Blending 85% Zibibbo with 15% Syrah the spicy, slightly peppery wine has beautiful freshness from start to finish. Aromatic on the open with wildflower aromas leading to a palate filled with ripe red berry, red apple, wild herb, with a lovely layer of crushed stone minerality carried throughout.
Produced from 100% organically grown Pinot Noir and Monastrell grapes in the Central Valley of Chile, Miguel Torres La Mulas Reserva Rose ($10) is bright and fruit-forward, melding ripe raspberry, pomegranate, and cranberry with soft herbs and wild rose. An easy wine to enjoy on its own, sipping poolside throughout a hot summer day.