From South America to a riverbed in France, while your summer leisure plans might extend as far as the nearest beach, I find that sipping on a glass of chilled rosé works wonders for achieving a moment of bliss.
I did the hard work for you, sipping my way through your standard grocery store options – here are 4 wines you’ll find tasty and porch-worthy.
The best part? These bottles can all be found at your grocery store for under $20.
Fast facts about your favorite pink drink:
- Rosé is made from red grapes.
- The pink color comes from the red grape skins sitting in the juice from the grapes for a short time (from six hours up to two days)
- The longer the skins touch the juice, the darker the juice becomes.
pinot NOIR rosé
Rainstorm // $17
The Willamette Valley, south of Portland, Oregon, is known for its earthy, elegant Pinot Noir grapes, and this light bodied rosé by Rainstorm does not disappoint. Picture aromas of strawberry and rose, and then imagine flavors of tart cherry and a hit of plum. The acidity will wake you up after work!
Piattelli Vineyards // $12
The Malbec and Torrontés grapes, from Piattelli Vineyards in Argentina, combine for a juicy, intense rosé. By nose, you’ll pick up bright florals. By mouth, you’ll taste fresh cherry and strawberry that’s medium in body.
Cotes du Rhone Rosé
Les Rastellains // $10
Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah were blended together to get this delightfully colored rosé, made in the famous Cotes du Rhone region of France. For $10 a bottle, you’ll get a subtle nose, with a light tinge of strawberries. Upon taking a sip, the red fruits become more clear, with notes of strawberry and raspberry, and a layer of minerality on the finish.
Santa Julia // $10
This dry rosé might be pale in color, but don’t let that fool you. The Argentinian-grown Syrah grapes are bursting with red fruit, like cherries and strawberries. The crisp acidity lends itself to a long finish. Santa Julia is located in the foothills of Mendoza, named for the current director’s only daughter.