If you read my last post on the top six things I would like to do before the summer ends, you know I’m holding onto the end of summer for dear life. That imbibing in my summertime wine of choice, rosé. I’m sharing six of my favorites, all under $20.
Am I a sommelier? No, but I do enjoy a light, crisp glass of rosé just as much as the next basic gal. My go to order is to make sure it’s light in color, dry in taste and typically I throw out the phase ‘please ensure it does not look like cough syrup.’ Sommelier I am not, connoisseur I am. I tend to get a bit comfortable with particular bottles, so here I’m sharing my Savage Six pink wines I keep in my fridge for summer sippin’.
1. Whispering Angel
~ My NYC friend Saila, who now lives in Denver first introduced me to this beautiful staple that has been an absolute top favorite for years. Interestingly enough, I just saw that Whispering Angel, according to Vine Pair is the most popular rosé, producing 3.2 million bottles in 2016 (originally sourced by Business Insider). And you can find it under $20 from Costco, along with my next go-to pink bottle.
~ Along with the media frenzy that surrounded the of Brangelina was their wine estate, Château de Miraval. I don’t even remember the exact moment I first encountered their rosé, but it has long been a go-to. Lucky for us, according to W Magazine it sounds like the since uncoupled couple will continue to run the winery, including production of their wine long into the future. This unique bottle, pretty label and delicious vino can also be found at Costco, Target and several other retailers including the online booze-shop, Drizly.
3. Wolffer Estate
~ Reminiscent of a few of my summer weekends spent in the Hamptons is Wolffer Estate’s rosé. Scooting out of work early on a Friday was key to beat the traffic and grab a spot on the vineyard lawn for happy hour. I remember attempting to capture a picture of the sun setting over the vines and giving up, submitting to trying to commit to memory. (Blackberry’s didn’t use to take the best photos, believe it or not!) If you’re not a local of NY it looks like you can buy and have shipped from their website, with free shipping until the end of the month.
4. Summer Water
~ With a name likeSummer Water, what’s not to love?! I ordered this once last year off of the menu at Sushi Dokku, and it’s been at the top of my list ever since. It can be a little tricky to find, you can purchase via Winc so you can have it shipped right to your door. I’ve also found it a few different times at Whole Foods (and on sale!) as well as specialty markets. I enjoy it with sushi, on its own and especially poolside.
~ I absolutely love this rosé. I find it is often on the menu at restaurants, but of course you can skip the table-side service and keep it stocked on your wine rack at home. It’s the perfect shade of pink and the perfect choice if you happen to be find yourself celebrating rosé all day. You can find it in stores or order from wine.com.
6. NV Moet & Chandon Brut Rose
~ So, I’m cheating a bit here because the MINI bottles are under $20/piece, but hey a girl has got to splurge every now and then. Not to mention I was only recently able to convince Ben to drink rosé, so with the sparkling version further in the horizon I can enjoy this on my own. My girlfriends hosted a bridal shower for me in Chicago and served up these mini-bottles as party favors. They are purse-sized and can easily be tucked away to bring home and enjoy another time. I like to have just one glass of sparkling before dinner or appetizers as a fun treat, just as I’d enjoy champagne.
I tried to keep this list all selections under $20 that are readily available at local retailers or online, but of course there are hundreds more varieties out there to enjoy. Luckily for us, we can technically enjoy this popular pink wine all year round or live happily in anticipation for next year’s rosé season.
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