Rosé is the Way

Dry Rosé has become the choice of wine for the beautiful warm summer days. Rosé wines range in color from very light to a vibrant cherry color. The wine shops, and even the big grocery chains, have an excellent array of Rosé on the shelves. So which Rosé is right for you?

The Vintage Tasters are meeting these days virtually. At this week’s tasting, we each suggested a Rosé to try. Some recommended their old favorites, while others branched out with a new and unique Rosé.

Vintage Wine Tasting – Rosé Wines to Try

  • Bruce recommends two Rosés. Gerard Bertrand, Cotes des Rosés from the Languedoc. It is Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. Total Wines has it for $13. Very refreshing with strawberry characteristics. Bruce recommends the Martin Ray, Rosé of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. $15 at Total Wines and also at Lunardi’s. Tasty flavors of white peach, nectarine, and cherry.
  • Ray received this Rosé is his Naked Wine shipment. Benjamin Darnault Pique Nique Rosé. This Rosé is $10. Light wine excellent for a picnic lunch.
  • Joe F picked the Michel-Schlumberger Dry Creek Valley Rosé. The winery has massive sales. Sign up on their email list to get the latest wines on sale. Joe says a light Rose to be served with light appetizers.
  • Mike’s favorite Rosé is the Charles & Charles. It is a blend of 85% Rhône reds and 15% Cabernet. It is light tasting and clean with berry fruit and good acidity. 12.5% alcohol. A fun wine to enjoy with lighter dishes: tapas, cheeses, and assorted salads. $8 is the sale price at the Safeway. 
  • In Jim A’s college days, Mateus was one of his go-to wines. This Rose from Portugal made a return in 2005 with a different style. It is light in color and taste, slightly evanescence. The wine is 12% alcohol. Safeway has it for $11.50 with Safeway membership. Bring back the old times!
  • George suggested a fun Rosé, Ameztoi Txakolina Rosé, from the Basque region of Spain. It has some effervescence to add to the freshness of the wine. In San Sebastian, Txakolina is popular and traditionally poured into the wine glass from at least at arm’s distance away. Want to see it done?
  • Joe B recommends the Carol Shelton Wild Thing Rendezvous. It is a cherry red color with lots of red fruit flavors. So good. Mollie Stone’s and the Safeway carry the wine for around $16.
  • Jim C was the only rebel in the crowd. He shared an interesting white wine from the varietal Tocai Friulano from the Inizi winery. $28 at the winery’s tasting room in Guerneville, along the Russian River.

How Rosé wine is made

There are two ways Rosé wines are usually made. The first is the Maceration method. Red grapes, like Syrah, Zinfandel, Cab, are sent into the tank. The juice of the grape, which is clear, comes in contact with the skin of the grape. The winemaker decides how long the juice is in contact with the skin of the grapes. When the winemaker sees enough color in the juice to his/her liking, the juice is then poured off. This is the most common way of producing Rosé wines.

The second method is Saignée. This method is used when a winemaker is making red wine and wants to bleed off some of the grape juice early on in the process of red wine development. The juice is light in color, but also more concentrated in flavors.

What Rosé wine is your glass?

Now it is your turn. Please tell us about your favorite Rosé wine. Summer is just beginning and we need to find good Rosé wines to drink at home.


  1. Great post with pictures. Readers can attack the retailer’s for a wide range of pink wines at a wide price point. Very informative……👍

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