Another wine holiday, you say? And it’s true. It seems there is one…well, every day.
While I don’t subscribe to them all (definitely not Chardonnay day!), there are a few that I choose to single out and enjoy as an excuse to drink a very specific bottle(s). One of those days is National Rosé Day, which falls on the second Saturday in June, otherwise known as every single day, if you live in South Florida.
Now, you don’t need an arbitrary wine holiday to drink a bottle of rosé, but let’s say you do plan on celebrating on June 12th this year, you’ll need to go pick out a few wines and get them ready for the big day. Here are five rosés that I’ve had recently and would definitely recommend as celebratory bottles.
Now, don’t let my opinion that Gérard Bertrand may be the most interesting man in the world take away anything from this assessment, as I wouldn’t be mentioning the wine if I truly didn’t enjoy it. Nonetheless, it’s hard for me not to enjoy anything coming out of the GB portfolio. Maybe because many of the bottles just exude the “South of France lifestyle,” and frankly, I’m on board with that.
Source of Joy is a lovely AOP Languedoc rosé of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. Light red fruits like strawberry and cherry on the nose, and fresh on the palate with flavors reflecting those aromas in the mouth. Though very light in color, this wine gives more than you may expect with regards to body and elegance. Part of the wine is matured in oak barrels for a short time, and malolactic fermentation is not carried out, which explains the round yet crisp characteristic of the wine.
Drink any day and any way you wish, just drink it.
It’s also no secret that I’m a fan of the wines coming out of Domaine Bousquet’s high-altitude Tupungato vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley. I’ve written about this producer here, and here, and included them here. Truly, I think they have a wonderful product, especially at easily accessible prices. One of the best values for price on the market, in my opinion.
The Gaia rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from grapes grown at 4,000 feet above sea level in a cooler climate with intense sunlight and a high variance between day and night temps. This maintains a high level of acidity in the grapes, while also giving them a fruity plumpness that translates into a flavorful wine.
My personal experience with this wine included a comparison with a not-to-be-named rosé that was tasted first. When Gaia was poured and consumed, it was clear that it was far superior to the previous wine. It truly is a great rosé at the $20 retail price. Strawberry and cherry fruit with a refreshing orange zestiness, a rounded body, and energizing acidity contribute to a wine that is pleasant on its own, or to enjoy alongside some food. I paired it with an ahi tuna poke bowl, and it was absolutely a pairing I would revisit.
If this were a newspaper, I would say “stop the presses!” And then I would say, “taste this wine!”
I was introduced to McKahn Family Cellars by proprietor, Denise McKahn. Her son, Charles, is the winemaker. A small, boutique winery based in Napa, McKahn Family Cellars was established in 2014 and focuses on Rhône varieties. I hosted a virtual tasting with them a while back and invited industry professionals to join and taste along. When we got to the rosé, Charles seemed like he wasn’t as enthused to present the wine (do they not love rosé in California???), but our Miami crowd was blown away! It quickly became the favorite of the tasting, and can now be purchased locally in Miami at our very own 305wines.
Reminiscent of the rosés of the South of France, this rosé of Grenache is just exactly what you want on a hot, sticky tropical day. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, passion fruit, and even some jasmine (hello, Provence) give way to a wine that is beautifully balanced and holds steady for a lingering finish. This is a rosé that definitely should not be ignored on National Rosé Day!
OK, I like Grenache. I blame it all on Wines of Garnacha for inviting me on a trip to explore the origins of the grape throughout northern Spain and southern France a few years back. The truth is that really the grape was one I was drawn to from the beginning and being able to explore it in more detail was a perk of the job.
Let’s talk a bit about Maker. Canned wines, huh? As I’ve said a million times before, don’t knock it till you try it. If you’re still not into it after trying a few, then move along. The rest of us will enjoy the benefits of single-serve, ready-to-drink wines that won’t take up too much cooler space on your next outing.
This Maker rosé is by winemaker Nicole Walsh at Ser Winery in Monterey, California. Again, lots of bright red fruits, fresh acidity, and lingering essence. According to the winemaker, these grapes were picked with the intent to make a rosé, so this wasn’t just a “why not” wine.
I’d label this wine (and others by Maker) as the wines of the summer. Canned wines are so easy to transport and enjoy (be careful!), so grab a few for your next adult outdoor activity.
In all honesty, I don’t drink enough Italian rosato. Maybe it’s just not as common to find around shops here in South Florida, but it’s really a mistake to make it through this summer without at least grabbing a bottle or two.
Calafuria is an Italian rosato by the producer, Tormaresca, located in Puglia. This rosato is made from 100% Negroamaro grapes that are handpicked and made into wine at their Masseria Maime estate in Salento.
Calafuria means “seaside cove,” and the wine is named for the many bays along the Puglia coastline. For me, it is a more delicate rosé with peachy notes, cherry, and a floral essence. It’s a wine to be enjoyed on the back patio with friends as the late summer sun sets and the evening commences. Bonus points if you take your bottle and sit by the ocean and wish away to the coastline of Puglia, just like the woman on the label.