Rosé used to get a bad rep. White zinfandel was like the ugly stepdaughter of the wine world. Today? Rosé has made a comeback in a serious way and you can’t log onto Instagram without seeing half of your friends day-drinking chilled glasses of the stuff at a cute little cafe or in Central Park. It’s even spurred a whole line of Yes Way Rosé apparel. And you know when Vogue calls it the summer’s most popular drink, everyone is about to jump on board. Quickly.
Two years ago, I served sparkling rosé at my wedding in place of champagne and included Whispering Angel (my absolute number one fave rosé) in our cocktail hour. It didn’t fly off the bar as I had expected but I bet if our wedding had been this summer, it would have gotten a different reaction!
Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Victoria’s roof, and a bottle (or 2) of rosé is always consumed. She does the best job of pairing wine with the most gourmet looking appetizer platter you’ve ever seen.
Suffice it to say, I’m going to go ahead and call myself an amateur expert on the matter and share with you my favorite 6 varieties. I don’t know much about wine (much to my father’s dismay), but I know what tastes good and leaves me feeling the lightest and happiest.
1. Whispering Angel will always be my number one. The name sounds like a stripper but don’t let it fool you. It’s bright and crisp with a light citrusy acidity. I could drink this wine anytime anywhere all summer long.
2. A close second is Breezette (love the sailboat on the bottle!) which was recommended to me by the woman at my local wine shop when they ran out of Whispering Angel. It has a similar taste but with a hint of grapefruit and sea salt (apparently the winery is not too far from the ocean which gives it this slight taste) and is perfect for a hot summer day on the patio.
3. Aix rosé reminds me of the trip Anel and I took to the South of France right after we got engaged in Paris. We sipped on this crisp acidic wine (in Aix-en-Provence no less) and had one of my favorite days of all time. It tastes amazing but also brings back memories.
4. Miraval is Brangelina’s wine so you know it’s going to be amazing. It’s a bit pricey at $27/bottle but you kind of have to try it at some point. I mean it’s Brangelina! Compared to the other 5 on this list, it’s my least favorite because it has a heavier flavor that I don’t love, but it’s notable so I included it. See what Vanity Fair had to say on it here.
5. Triennes is a classic. It’s always stocked up and you can’t go wrong. It has a slight acid to it so make sure to pair it only with light foods. It has notes of strawberry and vanilla.
6. Lorenza. I love the bottle, what can I say. It’s the perfect hostess gift because it’s pretty and delicious!
I’d love to hear how you enjoy your favorite rose and if you have any recs, please share!