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All the Way Rosés

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

We’re not saying we don’t drink rosés all winter long—because we absolutely do. But there’s something about lingering on the porch on a warm, breezy evening until the sky goes all blush-hued that makes us crave rosés—because who doesn’t want what’s in the glass to match the atmosphere? These are the five bottles of rosé we’re pouring this season. 

Five Rosés to Sip All Day Long

Biltmore Reserve Rosé, North Carolina 2019

Biltmore Wines, $20  

One of just a few bottlings made with grapes from their on-site vineyard, Biltmore Wine’s Reserve rosé is mainly made from cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc sourced from the property, but gets rounded out with a bit of merlot, viognier, and semillon as well. This one starts all strawberries and papaya but follows through with a mouth-filling ripeness—plus you’ll get just a kick of white pepper at the end. 

Pair it with: Fish tacos with a cabbage slaw and a generous spritz of lime juice. 

Bottle of Biltmore NC Reserve Rosé
Image courtesy of Biltmore Wines

2021 Three By Wade Rosé

Wade Cellars, $15 

We discovered this light, easy-drinking rosé during this year’s Charleston Wine + Food Festival—zippy and aromatic, this highly crushable blend of grenache, tempranillo, and zinfandel was just right for a night by the docks during the seafood-heavy Surf + Turf event. Born from NBA star Dwayne Wade’s love of Napa Valley wines, Wade Cellars has been producing wines with the Pahlmeyer family since 2012. 

Pair it with: Pop this one open for your next night of grilled fish—it’s sturdy enough to stand up to some smoke. 

Image courtesy of Wade Cellars

2021 Grenache Methode Ancestrale

Vino Volta

Behind the spritely, continuous ink brush drawings on this dazzling label, this 100-percent grenache pét-nat practically bursts from the bottle with aromatics and bubbles. A Western Australian bottling out of the Swan Valley, it comes from an organically managed vineyard that gets a little dappled light on its east-west oriented vines. Grapefruit and raspberry on the nose give way to bold, balanced sip that sings a little like apple cider but with the faintest lick of salt. 

Pair it with: Put this one against a few slivers of prosciutto over crusty bread. 

Image courtesy of Vino Volta

Summer in a Bottle Côtes de Provence Rosé 2021

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, $26

The team behind Hamptons, New York-based wine outfit Wölffer Estate went to Provence to develop this bright, polished rosé—a blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, and vermentino. There’s plenty of citrus and peach on the nose followed by a bright, elegant finish. 

Pair it with: A well-rounded cheese and charcuterie board, complete with dried fruits and nuts. 

Image courtesy of Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Le Grand Verre 2020 

Domaine Caylus, $27.99 for a 4-pack

The perks of this single-serve plastic container reach far beyond its ability to travel well (especially to the beach). What’s inside is just as memorable. Made at an organic estate in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, this syrah-grenache blend is produced by female winemaker Inès Andrieu of Domaine de Caylus—its lush notes of strawberry and pineapple will pair nicely with your preferred beach or picnic snacks. 

Pair it with: Keep it simple with slices of apple and cheddar. 

Image courtesy of Domain Caylus

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