Rosés for summer anyone? It’s no secret that rosés have been having their moment over the last couple years, but this year more than ever there is an abundance of rosé from all over the world available. What was once usually a limited selection of a few rosé options has totally flipped to a wide range of styles, regions and flavours making it easy for everyone to find a rosé that suits their taste. When it comes to rosés for summer, it’s so much more than just a glass of wine, and can also make great cocktails, sangrias and of course every rosé lovers favourite seasonal drink, frozé.
In recent years my taste in wines has done a total 180, from only drinking whites all year long to drinking reds during the cooler months and rosés for summer. When it comes to picking rosés for summer to drink by the glass, I generally like to go with one that has a lower sugar content because I find wines that are too sweet don’t always go the best with heat. When I’m making a sangria or cocktails on the other hand, because I’m usually mixing it with club soda, liquor and a bit of juice I might to go with something a little sweeter. Generally when picking rosés for summer, or really any time of year, I like to stay within the 2-15 g/L range.
With the explosion of rosés for summer this year, it inspired me to go on a quest to try as many different types as possible. We’re only mid-way through the season, but I’ve already had the chance to try a wide range of rosés from different regions and varietals. I narrowed down my list of favourites so far and selected 5 amazing rosés for summer that are perfect for any occasion from casual barbecues to formal events and everything in between.
Rosés For Summer 2019
Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio
If you’re looking for good rosés for summer that won’t break the bank then look no further. Folonari makes a delicious Valpolicella so I didn’t think twice about trying their rosé and I’m sure glad I did. This rosé is actually a pinot grigio which surprisingly are a copper-pink tone seeing as majority of pinot grigio wines as most know are usually pale white/yellow. Aromas from this pink pinot grigio include apples, pear, tropical fruits and florals with a fresh strawberry taste making this light rosé the perfect pairing for picnics, outdoor barbecues or on it’s own.
Shop: Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio, $11.95
Miraval Rosé 2018
One of my favourite rosés for summer is undoubtedly Miraval. This classic french rosé from Provence is probably one of the most popular wines that’s arrival on shelfs is anticipated by rosé lovers worldwide as it’s only released seasonally. This year’s 2018 batch is probably one of my favourite yet with the grenache/shiraz blend revealing aromas of spring florals, herbs and nectarine, yet with a sugar content of only 2g/L this dry rosé is extremely refreshing and not overly sweet. This is one of my go-to rosés for summer sipping on my balcony or enjoyed with grilled fish and salads.
Shop: Miraval, $24.95
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir Rosé
Ontario wines tend to be so underrated, and if I’m totally honest I often overlook them when browsing the shelves. One of my favourite Ontario wineries, and one of the more popular ones, is Inniskillin out of the Niagara region (they also have vineyards in the Okanagan in B.C.). They are particularly known for their ice wines that have won multiple awards throughout the years. I just recently tried their pinot noir rosé, and it’s already become of my favourite rosés for summer. It’s light and refreshing with notes of cranberry and raspberry with just the right amount of spice for a summer sip.
Shop: Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir Rosé, $14.95
Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne
I don’t think it would be a proper list of rosés for summer if I didn’t include something sparkling. Call me pretentious or snooty but if I’m going for bubbles there really isn’t any other option than Champagne… and maybe on occasion a prosecco or a french sparkling wine. I’ve tried most of the rosés available from the big champagne houses and out of them all Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé is the one that takes the cake, no surprise that it’s the #1 selling rosé Champagne in the world. Made from pinot noir grapes, flavours include redcurrant, raspberry, sour cherry and citrus with just the right about of bubbles. Recommended to be enjoyed with a meal, however I find it’s perfect to enjoy on it’s own in the evening outside or for any summer celebration.
Shop: Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne, $99.95
When it comes to buying wine I usually not that person that buys something exclusively because of the bottle and I’m not known to be the biggest fan of California wines. But I broke all the rules when I bought a bottle of Adorada Rosé a couple weeks back during my tour of rosés for summer and I surprisingly didn’t regret the choice one bit. The bottle is super eye catching with this sleek design and black wax top, but I have to admit the wax did make it a little challenging to open with the style of wine opener I have. Once I got the bottle open though it was all worth it, this crisp and off-dry rosé gives off aromas of ginger, spice and berries and bursts with flavours of honeycomb, watermelon and hints of white pepper with each sip. I surprised myself with how much I loved this wine as a pick for rosés for summer and made me second guess my reluctance towards California wines.
Shop: Adorada Rosé, $18.95