16 best rosé wines of 2021
Once window season kicks in, you’re probably also ready to swap earthy, tannic reds for lighter, crisper rosÃ© wines. But just because it is rosÃ© does not mean that rosÃ© wine does not have so much complexity and power of agreement. RosÃ© wines can vary widely in intensity and sweetness, and the great varietals come from almost every wine region in the world. The most popular rosÃ©s have the crunchiness of a white with a bit of the same fruity richness you love from your favorite red. Serve them cold or slightly chilled for the most refreshing drink (or even in a homemade popsicle). RosÃ© goes wonderfully with everything from grilled dishes to fish, cheese platters, fruit and large summer salads.
Most of the rosÃ©s we’ve chosen to present here are wrong on the dry side, although each bottle has its own unique flavors and aromas. Some of them are both sparkling and still, and others are all bubbly. We’ve also included a few canned options as it’s summer and portability is key. While your rosÃ© drinking days may look a little different this year, we have plenty of options to make sure what’s in your glass is enjoyable no matter where you drink it.
ChÃ¢teau Monaci Kreos RosÃ© ($ 14)
Take a walk on the Italian side with this ruby ââred rosÃ© from the Negroamaro grape variety from Puglia. It has a juicy and fruity flavor with a body almost as rich as a red, with a lovely floral aroma. It is delicious with summer pasta.
H&B CÃ´tes de Provence RosÃ© ($ 18)
Not only is the bottle beautifully grammable, but this pale pink rosÃ© has a delicate taste of rose, cherry, peach and strawberry. It’s crisp, slightly acidic, and easy enough to drink for an afternoon picnic.
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Santi Infinito RosÃ© ($ 12)
This beautifully balanced rosÃ© is also native to Italy, bringing a pale pink rosÃ© with more oomph than one would expect from its appearance. Expect ripe wild cherries, strawberries and grapes that pair well with chicken and fish, salad, and (of course) pasta.
ChÃ¢teau St. Michelle RosÃ© ($ 15)
Don’t be fooled by the French name; this crisp and tangy rosÃ© is actually native to the Columbia Valley in Washington state. Expect light berry, citrus, and melon flavors that make this the perfect sipping with a cheese plate or with grilled fish.
Erath Winery Oregon RosÃ© ($ 14)
This Oregon rosÃ© is made from Pinot Noir grapes and is fresh and satisfying. You will notice flavors of apricot, melon and tropical fruit, as well as a floral aroma that will tickle your senses.
Bonterra RosÃ© ($ 18 for four)
Yes Way RosÃ© ($ 18)
For those of us who wish our French wine was a bit more, well, pronounceable, look under the shaded hat. Yes Way RosÃ© is a classic French rose drink, with flavors of strawberry, citrus and light cherry. It’s also a screw cap, so you can open another bottle without additional equipment.
Underwood RosÃ© Bubbles ($ 28 for four)
Dreams Come True: Oregon’s Pink Underwood Bubbles come in a box to brighten up your picnic, even if it’s just on your living room floor. We love this one in a can or in a bottle, with its effervescent bubbles, its tangy cherry and watermelon notes and its crunchy finish.
JoÃ«l Gott RosÃ© ($ 15)
Hailing from the central coast of California, this light and clean rosÃ© is just what summer needs. It has both rich fruit flavors and a palate-cleansing freshness, for a wine that has enough fruity complexity for red lovers with that acidic bite that white drinkers love.
Noble Vines 515 RosÃ© ($ 15)
It’s always over 5 hours with this rosÃ© from the Central Coast of California. It has notes of Meyer lemon, raspberry, grapefruit and watermelon. The wine is named after the time when winemakers traditionally stop for a glass of this classic rosÃ©. We suggest you do the same.
Cascadian Outfitters RosÃ© Bubbles ($ 30 for six)
Just in time for Pride Month, this eye-catching sparkling rosÃ© from the Columbia Valley tastes light, bright, and perfect for a celebration. It starts off crisp, with a bit of strawberry and melon, and ends a little bit sweet. Best of all, a portion of all proceeds goes to the Greater Seattle Business Association Scholars Fund, the country’s largest LGBTQ chamber of commerce.
Epiphany Grenache RosÃ© ($ 44 for four)
The first thing you need to know about Epiphany Grenache RosÃ© is that each box contains two (yes, two) glasses. Now that we’ve got that sorted out, this Santa Barbara rosÃ© is as good as it looks. It is acidic and refreshing, with notes of grapefruit, watermelon and citrus.
Segura Viudas Brut RosÃ© ($ 11 for three mini bottles)
With notes of currant, strawberry and cherry, this slightly sparkling rosÃ© cava is delicious with seafood, rice and pasta, and as a toast before dinner. It’s also available in the cutest 187ml bottles, perfect for a socially distant happy hour.
M de Minuty RosÃ© 2019 ($ 28)
This classic CÃ´tes de Provence rosÃ© is light, bright and wonderfully smooth. You will notice orange zest and hints of currant. Try it with French dishes, grilled meat or fish, or as an aperitif with raw vegetables. Plus, this limited edition bottle is pretty enough to keep as a vase or to hold olive oil or salad dressing.
Champagne Henriot RosÃ© ($ 75)
If you’ve got a birthday, graduation, or vacation to celebrate, this special occasion rosÃ© is the perfect popper. With a well balanced fruity flavor and lacy bubbles that make it feel like a party, anytime.
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