10 Rosé Wines for Every Palate Preference (Including the Self-Proclaimed 'Rosé Hater')
Here at Verve Wine, we believe that great rosé is meant to be consumed all year long. However, there’s something undeniably special about drinking pink during warmer weather months. We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite rosés for every type of pink drinker out there (including the self-proclaimed ‘rosé hater’). Whether the classics call your name, natural wine is your jam, or you simply just want something to drink while lounging poolside, we’ve got a bottle for every palate preference and sun-soaked situation. Cheers to a rosé-filled summer season!
For Lovers of the Classics: La Bastide Blanche Rosé
Nothing screams ‘classic rosé’ like a bottle of pink from Provence. La Bastide Blanche was founded in the 1970s and has since become a benchmark estate within the region. This organic Mourvèdre-dominant rosé bursts with flavors of tangy strawberries, blood orange, and Mediterranean herbs. Best of all, the juice is bottled in standard-sized and magnum-sized bottles, which to us sounds like double the fun. This bottle is also an excellent candidate for laying down in the cellar. We recommend snagging two (one for now, one for later).
For ‘Off-the-Beaten-Path’ Enthusiasts: Arndorfer Zweigelt ‘Rosa Marie’ Kamptal Rosé
Austrian rosé doesn’t always get the love it deserves and we’re here to change that. This unique organic rosé is produced from 100% Zweigelt co-fermented with Gruner Veltliner skins. Notes of bright red cherries, white pepper, and flower petals dominate the wine’s ultra-refreshing palate. For wine drinkers looking for something a bit a tad bit funky yet still totally delicious, this juice is for you.
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For Fans of the Savory Stuff: Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Tibouren Rosé
Clos de Cibonne is a centuries-old estate located in the heart of Provence. However, rather than crafting Cinsault, Mourvèdre, or Grenache-dominant blends like most of their neighbors, this traditional winery focuses on the near-forgotten local variety of Tibouren. This oak-aged wine rests under a thin veil of yeast, both of which add texture and complexity to the wine’s umami-driven palate. For classic meets savory, this is your best bet.
For the Poolside Imbibers: Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Txakoli Rosé
Everyone needs a go-to thirst-quencher to sip all summer long. Rest assured, we’ve found our answer in this Txakoli rosé. This effervescent, pink-hued sipper is perfect for drinking beneath the sun, as the wine’s spritzy, salty, and downright delicious palate promises to hydrate you even on the hottest of days. Pour a glass or simply swig from the bottle -- either way, you can’t go wrong here.
For Bubbly Fanatics: Laherte Frères ‘Rosé de Meunier’ Extra Brut Champagne NV
Laherte Frères is one of our go-to producers for bubbles year-round. Their rosé Champagne is produced from 100% organically and biodynamically-farmed Pinot Meunier, 60% of which is direct-pressed and 30% of which is macerated. The resulting wine oozes with flavors of tart cranberry and peppery citrus. The juice’s elegant yet persistent mousse leads to a crazy long-lasting finish. (Insider tip: This is one of the best QPR [quality-to-price-ratio] gems in all of Champagne!)
For the Foodies: Arnot-Roberts Rosé
Produced from 100% Touriga Nacional, this zesty yet structured rosé is insanely versatile on the table. Notes of juicy melon, tart citrus, and strawberries dominate the wine’s mineral-driven palate, which is marked by a distinctly saline-tinged finish. All of these components gorgeously work together to create one of the most food-friendly rosés we’ve ever tasted. Pair with roasted veggies, grilled seafood, crisp salads, and an array of seasonal summer appetizers.
For Natural Wine Aficionados: Dominio del Águila ‘Pícaro Clarete’ Rosé
Natural wine lovers, we’ve got just the rosé for you. ‘Picaro Clarete’ is a whole-cluster, spontaneously co-fermented blend of indigenous Spanish varieties (Albillo, Bobal, and more) that is aged 20 months in French oak. This super refreshing pink oozes with flavors of tart red fruit, white flowers, and sweet spice. Serve chilled and get to #PorchPounding all season long.
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For the Crowdpleasers: Railsback Frères ‘Les Rascasses’ Rosé
Rosé and friends go hand in hand, so finding a crowd-pleasing bottle of pink to satiate all palates is key. This Provence-inspired rosé is produced by our friends Lyle and Eric Railsback in the heart of Santa Ynez. The wine’s assemblage of Cinsault, Grenache, and Mourvèdre is aged in oak and pays homage to Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier and her infamous bouillabaisse recipe (‘rascasses’ is the name of the fish used in the stew). Thirst-quenching and fruit-forward, this bottle is loaded with flavors of citrus, fresh strawberries, and cream. We promise you’ll be everyone’s favorite friend if you bring a bottle of this to your next socially-distant gathering.
For the Island Daydreamers: Comte Abbatucci ‘Faustine’ Rosé
Jetting off to the Mediterranean island of Corsica may not be in the cards for everyone this summer, though island daydreamers, we’ve got a pretty decent solution. Simply pour yourself a glass of this island-influenced rosé, close your eyes, and mentally transport yourself to the sandy, sun-soaked beaches of Ajaccio. This biodynamically-farmed wine bursts with salty flavors of underripe stone fruit, blood orange, and sea spray. Get ready to hydrate!
For the Self-Proclaimed ‘Rosé Haters’: De Fermo Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo ‘Le Cince’ Rosé
Have an ‘anti-rosé’ wine drinker in your life that you’re dying to prove wrong? We’ve got just the bottle for you. This Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo hails from eastern Italy and is produced from organically/biodynamically-farmed fruit. The wine shows a darker hue in the glass and has a seriously structured backbone. Savory notes of rose petals, meaty cherries, and raspberry jam dominate the juice’s succulent palate. Pair with all things grilled and get ready to blow some minds!