Summertime is fast approaching, and with it, the season for travel. Since most of us can’t be so lucky as to be able to pack up and jet off, why not travel through your wine glass with the ultimate wine of the summer: rosé?
Inspired by the upcoming “La Nuit en Rosé,” a floating tasting event bringing together rosés from around the world, we selected some of our favorite pink wines that give a taste of the globe, from Argentina to Portugal to Italy. You can explore some of these wines (and even more!) while cruising down at New York’s Hudson River at the first ever La Nuit en Rosé, on June 13th and 14th. Or, pick up a few different bottles, spread out some cheese and charcuterie, and embark on a trip of your own.
2013 Herdade do Esporão Alandra Rosé, Alentejo, Portugal ($6.99): Proof that you don’t need to spend big bucks for tasty wine. A beautiful deep pink color, the wild berries and bright acidity in the Alandra make it straightforward and easy-drinking. Keep a bottle on hand for when the rosé mood strikes.
2013 Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc, Pays d’Oc, France ($14.99): So light and refreshing! This pale rosé combines flavors of roses, strawberries, fresh herbs, and wet stones all at once. We want to take this bottle beachside immediately.
NV Elvio Tintero Vino Rosato “Grangia,” Piemonte, Italy ($14.99): Lightly sparkling, with just a bit of sweetness, this northern Italian rosé is all ripe red berries and tangerine citrus. Crisp and delicious, this wine is quite addictive.
2013 Pannonhalmi Apatsagi Roze, Pannonhalmi, Hungary ($12.99): Rosé from Hungary? You bet. It’s surprising how much is going on in this lighter-bodied, under-$15 bottle, with chalky minerality and tons of wild berries. This dry rosé is meant to pair with picnics.
2013 Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Rosé, North Fork of Long Island, USA ($17.99): Incredibly flavorful, this rosé of Cabernet Franc is seriously mouthwatering. It’s all fresh strawberries and bright citrus, with a minty quality that lifts everything up a notch. Bring this crowd-pleaser to a barbeque on a hot day; it has enough weight to pair with most dishes.
2013 Susana Balbo Crios Rosé of Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($16.99): This rosé wants to be your friend. It’s just so pleasant, tasting of soft, ripe plums and wild berries, with just a hint of purple flowers. This is the weekday bottle you’ll want to relax with come 5pm.
2013 Bodega Chacra Mainqué Pinot Noir Rosé, Patagonia, Argentina ($25.99): Okay, so there are two rosés from Argentina on our list — but trust us, they couldn’t be more different! The Mainqué is bright and complex, with aromas of saltwater and strawberries meeting tons of prickly grapefruit and lemon citrus on the palate. We’re getting new flavors with every sip.