There hasn't been a wine craze as hot as the rise of Rosé since the 'Sideways Effect.' As avid fans of the pink drink, we need no excuse to pop open a bottle and our Tastemakers agree. So, we asked them: What is your favorite way to, or place to, drink rosé? Do you have a favorite bottle?
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I could literally drink rosé just about anywhere or at any time of day (don't hate). But, I think I enjoy it most with a gaggle of girlfriends and a warm summer night. I am a huge supporter of the grilled hot dog and I must say that rosé is my favorite pairing with it. I like all styles of pink wine and am constantly drinking different ones, but some go-to's for their deliciousness and affordability are the Moulin de Gassac 'Guilhem' and San Giovanni Chiaretto. When I spend a little bit more I go for rosés from Clos Cibonne, Ameztoi, Teutonic, Matthiasson and Lopez de Heredia (when available), among many others.
I love drinking rosé out of the bottle, passed to the left-hand side, with a few friends. Especially the La Spinetta IL Rosé de Casanova made from 50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugnolo Gentile. The winemaker is Giorgio Rivetti who is a legend in Barolo and a newcomer in the Tuscan wine game - what a baller!
Cheap dry rosé at any park in Paris is about as good as it gets. I also love rosé when I'm working in my backyard garden. If I'm not going cheap, then Peyrassol, but any Provence rosé can do. I had a Clos Roche Blanche Rosé the other day made from Pineau d'Aunis (also known as Chenin Noir) that was pretty interesting.
I love drinking rosé on the front porch of our cabin in Mendocino. There's way too many good bottles to mention... but I'm drinking a lot of our 2013 Horse & Plow Rose made of Old Vine Carignane.
As for rosé, I drink it all year. I know the craze comes late spring/all summer and it's all about the fresh vintage (which are delicious) but sometimes a rosé with a little bit of age on it can be really good too. Sounds unusual, but I just tried a 2012 Abadia de la Oliva Garnacha Rosé with BBQ and it was perfection.
And I love rosé especially for aperitif at Thanksgiving because at that time of year I've just returned from harvest and we never drink rosé for some reason over there in Bordeaux. So I'm usually ready for a glass(es) when I come back to NYC!
Rosés remind me of drinking in Spain. When I was there I had no money, but I met people who showed me the way. Light, fresh, almost tart, they broke through the heat of the day and made us feel like we were part of the local scene. Americans, at least Americans our age, weren't drinking rosés, so this was something different and cool and we loved it.
Since then I haven't had a ton of Spanish rosés, finding more readily available French and Italians, like a Domaine Ott from Provence or a Chiaretto from Lombardia. Ranging in color from pale pale pink to cherry red, rosés present a wide range of choices to those who want to try them. As in anything, there are examples which aren't fantastic, but the good ones are great, excellent by themselves or as a food wine, their (mostly) brisk acidity (some lean to sweet) makes them refreshing options when a warm-weather wine is wanted.