8 California Rosé Wines to Drink This Weekend
Labor Day is my last chance to pull out all the stops for summer: cross those last few items off my grilling bucket list, stock up on all the stone fruit I can, and as the wine buyer for Good Eggs, make my final pleas to drink some amazing California summer wines before they're gone.
When you think of rosé, you think of Provence (and for good reason – some of the best bottles come from the region). Rose produced in here in the states unfortunately has a bit of a different reputation. As pink wines have grown in popularity, so has the incentive to produce them quickly and cheaply. That means more syrupy-sweet, neon wines stocking the shelves here in the states making the good ones harder to find.
If you're looking for beautifully crisp, refreshing fruit-forward rosés that are easy to drink (and easy on the wallet), turn to California. I taste every wine we sell in our Marketplace, and these are my eight favorites coming right out of our backyard here in Northern California from outstanding growers and winemakers.
Made from organically farmed Pinot Noir grapes from a few vineyards across Carneros, this rosé has aroma and flavors of strawberries and citrus. It's dry, crisp, and bright–ideal for days at the beach or park (or anywhere glass containers aren't welcome).
This is my favorite everyday rosé. I stock up for weeknights or weekend barbecues alike. Coming from Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz, this wine is fairly fruity up front with notes of black currants, plum, and rosehip. It's pleasantly dry with a stony finish, and goes well with grilled BBQ chicken or vegetables and summer salads.
This bone-dry rosé possesses vibrant acidity, notes of strawberry, watermelon, and a hint of kiwi on the finish. Fried chicken's best friend.
You can get a few servings out of this canned pink fizzy wine. It's just bubbly enough to "make people experience a momentary relief from their wordly troubles," says owner Randall Grahm, with delightful aromas of strawberry and rose petal. Wins my vote for best picnic wine.
This rosé has bountiful aromas of fresh strawberries, watermelon, pomegranate, and pink lady apples. With a slightly tropical flavor, it's a great wine for warmer weather or days by the lake.
This rosé gives off an aroma of fresh berries and hints of rose petal. On the palate, the berries lend an upfront juiciness that stays light and dry, followed by a crisp finish with just a soft touch of acidity.
This wine has strong aromas and flavors of stone fruit: ripe peach, white peach, and nectarine. It's a beautifully structured wine, and a great match for anything citrusy or seafood.
This is a super versatile everyday rosé. Grenache-driven strawberry and raspberry are complemented by notes of grapefruit, cranberry, and watermelon which pair well with a wide arrange of foods from fresh strawberries to BBQ ribs.