With summer comes an ease of life, vacations, shorter work weeks, lighter meals, beach time and rosé wine. Rosé has been creeping up the mass appeal ladder for some time now. No longer confused with its nemesis White Zinfandel. Rosé runs the gamut from pale blush to bright strawberry in color and mildly fruit sweet to expressive on the palate. No longer is it taboo to sip rosé, but rather sophisticated and alluring. Below we share our under $20 six picks for that sophisticated summer sipper.
Masi Agricola: Rosa dei Masi 2015 – SRP $14.99- Rosé from the Veneto region. An easy sipping rosé wine, that is fresh and fruity, with a touch of complexity and elegance. Made with the Refosco varietal, this wine is blush pink with deep cherry hues. Its aromas of raspberries and wild cherries are well balanced with refreshing acidity. This Rosé is excellent as an aperitif, with antipasti or seafood dishes.
The Seeker Rose 2015- SRP $13.99- From Côtes de Provence, France, this blend is made of 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault making it refreshingly dry. Hailing from vineyards influenced by the sea, sunshine and granite-schist soils this Rosé is an excellent sipper on its own or pairs well with shellfish, salads, and summer fruit desserts.
Chateau d’Aqueria Tavel Rose 2015- SRP $19.99- A serious rosé with impression and presence on the palate. It has great fullness and round with Chateau d’Aqueria’s signature lingering, fresh finish, the expression of great terroir. The wine is a grenache-based blend of grapes: Grenache Noir, Clairette, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, which are typical of the southern Rhône Valley. Pair this wine with dishes of lamb curry, bouillabaisse, paella, Asian cuisine, and goat cheeses.
Hacienda de Arinzano Rosé SRP – $19.99 Arínzano Vineyards is located in the North-East of Spain. This Rosé is 100% Tempranillo, deep blush in color with aromas of strawberry, rose petals and pink grapefruit; these vibrant notes give way to the wines expressive palate.
Anna de Codorníu Rosé Cava – SRP $19.99 Located in the Penedès region of Spain this sparkling wine attributes its mass appeal to the blend of 70% Pinot Noir, the choicest varietal for making rosé cavas and 30% Chardonnay which lends to the creamy palate balancing between acidity and sugars. It’s captivating bouquet is scented with strawberries, cherries and green apple, giving way to a fresh and lively palate. Drink as an aperitif with cheese and charcuterie.
Galil Mountain Rosé – SRP $17.00 This kosher rosé blend is produced in the upper Galilee region of Israel, the combination of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Grenache give this pink yet verdant wine possesses fruity characteristics of mulberry, strawberry with a healthy dash of fresh herbs. An easy drinking wine pairs well with cheese & charcuterie, and grilled turkey burgers.
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