It’s perfectly pink, served ice cold, and makes you feel like you’re in the South of France (or on vacation somewhere beautiful, at least). We’re talking, of course, about everyone’s absolute favorite (albeit a little basic) warm weather wine: rosé! Lately, it seems like everyone is living life through rosé colored wine glasses—the start of summer signals enthusiasts to pop their favorite pink wines in the fridge, stat.
Rosé is generally made from different types of red grapes throughout many regions, but, unlike red wine, the skins and stems are removed within 2–3 days of the wine-making process. This brief point of contact with the grape skins results in its happy, trademark pink hue, and is also the reason why the wine is generally lighter and easier to drink than other wines, whose skins provide more body. Despite their classic, summery pink hue, all rosés are not created equal, so we’ve created a helpful guide to choosing the perfect bottle…or can…or even 40 ounce. Time to take your rosé drinking to a new level.
If you’re in the mood for something bubbly, look no further than one of many sparkling rosés. From Crémant (a French bubbly with slightly less fizz) to super-effervescent Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) to Cava (the Spanish take on Champagne), there exists a pretty wide range of pink bubbly tipples for you to sip on. Brut rosé, which refers to a very dry sparkling wine, is also very common.
Although “fruity” can often feel synonymous with “sweet” re: wine, these two are not the same. If you’re looking for a rosé with a more fruit-forward flavor, select a bottle from France’s Provence region (many of which are both very dry and very fruity) or, at least, choose one made with Pinot Noir or Malbec grape varietals. For a floral note, too, try a Mourvèdre.
For a rosé wine that’ll satisfy your boozy sweet tooth, go with a Zinfandel Rosé (AKA White Zinfandel). It’s got a lot of fruitiness, but also some candy-like notes, with a little acidity to avoid an overly cloying taste profile.
If you tend to find white wine in general too sweet, and are looking for something with a crisp bite, there are a number of savory varieties. A dry rosé will have a similar structure and body to red wine, with less intensity. Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah—grapes that are grown in warm regions and produce powerful reds—make for excellent options.
Okay, you’ve chosen your preferred bottle, now what to do with it? Well, stick it in the fridge (or freezer if it’s a quick turn around) and make sure it’s very cold. Or, you could make ice cubes with it for a really chilly treat. If your goal is to be both really trendy and really indulgent, perhaps you want to blend it with ice for a a little frosé? You know you want to try it.