Summertime Drinking:
Perhaps A Bottle Of Rosé Instead?


There’s something about enjoying a fresh glass of rosé in the warm summer months that is so satisfactory –symbolic, even -– of knowing you’ve arrived into a less burdensome time of sun and warmth.

So, let’s review a few rosés to consider indulging in now that summer is in full force.


1. 2014 Triennes Rosé, Provence, France

Pale pink color and made from mostly Cinsault, with the balance being Grenache, Syrah and Merlot.

This is basically the Provençeal love child between two of Burgundy’s best producers, Aubert de Villaine of DRC and Jeremy Seysses of Dujac. And, as expected, it is strawberry and white flower deliciousness that is balanced and elegant. It is also a well-made, very easy drinking rosé that goes with every summer occasion and plate. Unexpectedly, it will not break the bank.


2. Tempier Rosé, Bandol, France

Salmon pink in color, made from mostly Mouvedre from 20 year old average aged vines, balanced with Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan grapes.

Focused fruit of red berries, peach and pomegranate, with white florals, Mediterranean brush and delicate spice, makes this a more complex style of rosé wine. It is a fresh but rich rosé, that can be widely appreciated on its own but also goes really well with food.


3. 2014 Parés Baltà, Ros de Pacs, Penedès, Spain

Cherry pink in color, made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Do not let the deeper color fool you here – this is a fresh, zippy rosado with delicate raspberries, cherries, and stoney minerality. It is light and perfect for both the beach and a seafood extravaganza.


4. 2014 Bodegas Oliveras, Jumilla, Spain

Deep pink in color, made from ungrafted vines of Monastrell and Syrah.

From southern Spain, this is a rosé wine with a bit more herbaceous depth, in concert with juicy red berries and some earthiness. This wine is ideal for the BBQ.


5. 2014 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris, Los Carneros, CA

Light pink salmon in color, made from organic Pinot Noir grapes.

Robert Sinskey has been making Vin Gris for almost twenty-five years; it is one of those wine cult classics that always quietly sells out very quickly. Fresh berries, sour cherries, zesty mandarin citrus, and subtle herbaceous minerality make it an occasion for lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. Delicate, balanced and delicious.


Happy summer drinking!


As a career sommelier, Kimberley Drake has overseen some of the finest wine programs and operations in America and Asia. Her accomplishments range from working as a sommelier at Jean Georges in NYC to opening Hong Kong’s Café Gray Deluxe as their chef sommelier.

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