Wine 101: Rosè

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Rosè all day is a phrase near and dear to our hearts at NPJ. Pink is always a good idea, especially in wine form, and rosè is our quintessential summer beverage of choice. However, many people are not typically fans of rosè and we are here to change that. Most affordable bottles at the store are filled with chemicals and added sugars – so while they are tasty in the moment, they can leave behind a side-splitting headache. Each of the five wines below is dry, crisp and ideal for drinking all summer long {or all year!}. This list starts with the lightest and crispest, and builds with body as it progresses – with each being well made and headache free {within reason}!

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Under $20 Rosè Buys

2014 Weingut Wagner-Stempel Rosè Trocken {Pinot-Noir-St. Laurent}

  • Standout Flavors: red currant, raspberry, strawberry
  • Keywords: dry, fresh, invigorating acidity, fine minerality, balanced
  • Region: Rheinhessen, Germany
  • Price: $14.95 

2015 Nicolas Ulacia e Hijos Getariako Txakolina Rosado {Hondarribi Beltza-Hondarribi Zuri}

  • Standout Flavors: strawberry, cherry, pink peppercorn, tarragon
  • Keywords: light, spritzy, bright, fresh, beach wine
  • Region: Pais Vasco, Spain
  • Price: $18.99

2015 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres “Gris de Gris” Rosè {Grenache-Carignan-etc.}

  • Standout Flavors: strawberry, cherry, watermelon, Provencal herbs
  • Keywords: balanced, pairs with anything
  • Region: Languedoc, France
  • Price: $15.99

2015 Birichino “Vin Gris” Rosè {Grenache-Mourvèdre-Cinsault}

  • Standout Flavors: Morello cherry, garrigue spice, citrus pith, melon, white peach, rosehip
  • Keywords: fruity, quaffable, easy drinking
  • Region: Santa Cruz, California
  • Price: $16.50

2015 Bedrock “Ode to Lulu” Rosè {Mourvèdre-Carignane}

  • Standout Flavors: raspberry, blood orange, Asian spices, citrus, floral, white pepper
  • Keywords: floral, zesty minerality, complex, dry
  • Region: California
  • Price: $18.95

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What is your go-to rosè? Thanks for reading!

xoxo NPJ

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