Top 12 Rosés For The Rooftop, Or Wherever You Practice Social Distancing
By Katie Kelly Bell
Rosé is as popular as ever, and now with the world of stress we have found ourselves in, this playful, pretty wine style is the perfect choice for many reasons. Jim Laughren, certified wine educator and author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More, explains, “Rosé is easy to enjoy; no one needs a so-called mature palate. Rosé is a food wine par excellence; no one needs rules or pairing advice. Just chill, pour, and enjoy. And probably … repeat.” In other words, don’t overthink it. We all have enough to think about these days.
There is a world of rosé to choose from and while Provence, France is still the global standard for style, Laughren notes that “now shelves are increasingly stocked with examples from the Loire, the Rhone valley, Spain, Italy, Austria, Chile, Napa, and New York. We’re seeing rosés made of varieties from Malbec to Zweigelt to Negroamaro, and, new to the scene, rosé cider and even rosé beer.”
Here’s what to try now:
Winemaker Daniel Brennan makes this lilting, pretty rose from a single vineyard of Pinot Noir. The soft salmon-toned hues, juicy acidity and pretty strawberry-melon fruit make it an ideal pairing with everything from “grilled salmon to Vietnamese Pho,” says Brennan. $16