With warm sunny days, and balmy summer nights here to stay for the next few months it’s time to embrace wines with a pink hue.
I know rosé gets a bad rep – often touted as a by product of the red wine making process – but the fact of the matter is that a lot of people enjoy a glass or two of the pink stuff.
The question is which one should you be drinking this summer?
Dry and delicate
Provence is the region where rosé is taken seriously. In fact, it’s all the locals drink. Step foot into their supermarkets and you’re faced with a wall of pink:
Here properly pink rose is seen as vulgar though, and their wines about as pale and salmon hued as rosés get. There’s a running joke that each year winemakers here try to out-do each other with wine even paler than the previous year. These styles are completely dry, with subtle summer berry flavours. Some of the more daring producers even age their rosés in oak. Best enjoyed on a yacht off the Cote D’Azur coast.
Try: Chateau Leoube (pronounced Lay-oob) organic rosé, Provence, France (£13.99, Ocado)
Big and fruity
Spanish rosé or their South American cousins are often the way to go if you want big and bold fruity styles. Bold in colour, as well as flavours, these deep rosés are usually dry but have had a fair amount of skin contact to ensure a maximum punch of colour and flavour.
Try: Garage Wine Co. Old Vine Pale Lot 38 rosé, Maule, Chile (£12.99, All About Wine)
Let’s be frank, England is too cold to produce decent red wine. But boy, are the whites and fizz starting to shine. English rosé is not one to be left behind though, with both pink fizz and pink still wine from the UK beginning to be taken more seriously. A great example comes from the Chapel Down vineyards nestled in the beautiful Kent countryside. With a little kiss of sweetness, it’s the perfect foil to a picnic on a summer’s day.
Try: Chapel Down rosé, Tenterden, Kent (£10.99, Waitrose)
A perennial favourite, especially amongst those with a sweet tooth, is California’s Zinfandel rosé (or White Zin as it’s also known). Medium sweet, low in ABV, and bursting with flavours of watermelon and strawberry. Pair with strawberry’s dipped in white chocolate, for the ultimate treat.