Hot weather has descended upon us, and my favorite way to cool off is by drinking some delicious pink wine. I do like drinking rosé all year round, but there are so many more delicious options in spring and summer than you cannot find throughout the rest of the year. I thought I'd tell you all some of my favorite (and affordable) rosés.
Before I get in to my favorite rosé's of the season, I want to dispel a couple of misconceptions about pink wine. When I worked in a wine store, not only was everyone horribly thirsty for rosé, but a lot of people had some odd assumptions about pink wine:
- A darker pink color means the wine is sweet: This is not necessarily true all the time. While there are some sweet pink wines, judging by the color is not always the best way to avoid a sweet wine. The best way is to look at the alcohol content on the back of the bottle. The lower the alcohol content, the sweeter the wine. Sometimes when a rosé has a darker color, it really just tastes a bit more fruity than your average light and crisp Provence rosé. Which leads me into this:
- Sweet wine and fruity wine are the same thing: THIS IS NOT TRUE. This not only applies to rosé, but all wines, no matter the color. So many people would say to me after I recommended a more fruit-forward wine, "but I don't want a sweet one." I'm not sure how this idea spread around that sweet and fruity mean the same thing in wine, but don't believe it. Also, if you really want to learn the difference between a sweet and fruity wine, taste both and observe the differences for yourself.
Now for my favorite rosés so all of you readers can get drinking to stay cool in the heat:
**Note: the price ranges I list are ones I've seen around New York City; prices may vary in different states and stores**
If I were a millionaire.....I would do a lot of things, but the first thing I would do is buy cases and cases of the rosé below. The only reason I even got to taste this is because my boss at the wine store bought a bottle and let me taste it.
If any of you are millionaires, you must, must, must buy a bottle. While most rosés are never usually this expensive (and understandably a lot of people don't like to spend that much on wine in general), it is more than worth it. You will be so happy with this pink wine that you might even burst into song.
What are some other rosés that you enjoy? What are other wines or drinks that you like when it's hot outside? Let me know!