A few things say summer: the ocean breeze, hot sand on your feet, ice cream cones, flip-flops, Frisbee, and BBQs. But for the wine-o in many of us, the flip of the calendar from June to July screams one thing — rosé season. To officially kick off pink wine time, we’ve compiled a list of five refreshing rosés to add to your summer roster of fun.
CHATEAU D’AQUERIA Tavel Rosé 2012 (Tavel, France) $17
This mostly grenache blend from France’s southern Rhone region is crisp and dry with hints of rhubarb and strawberry.
CAPOSALDO Merlot Moscato non vintage (Veneto, Italy) $13
Cap off a day of fun and sun with a sweet pink sparkling that adds just a twinge of spice to its bubbly mix. Perfect pink pairing for dessert.
MATCHBOOK Rosé 2012 (Central Valley, Calif.) $12
This tempranillo rosé is the perfect beach-bag-cooler wine. It works alone as you sip to a sunset, but is nice with spicier or lighter meals, too.
SAUSKA Cuvee Rosé 2012 (Villany, Hungary) $11
This pink blend is a warm-weather gem. It’s fresh, dry and lush and BBQ-ready. And it is priced right.
MULDERBOSCH Rosé 2012 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) $10
Made with 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, this pinky-orange color wine is bursting with strawberry flavor. Perfect if you’re grilling chicken for a crowd or sipping as you’re watching fireworks.