Take note: Pink is in. Once associated with sickly-sweet blush wine, rosé is now the drink of summer. Refreshing, bright, and energetic, it’s the balmy alternative when red is too heavy and white is too sweet. Winemakers limit grape skin contact with the juice during fermentation to determine its hue, a spectrum that includes pink diamond and Jolly Rancher red. Flexible with food but flawless on their own, these four bottles give us the summer break we’ve all been waiting for.
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2013 Château d’Esclans Garrus
Although costing upwards of $100, Garrus boasts an oaky finesse similar to a white Burgundy. Available at Perrine’s Wine Shop, at press time price not determined
2013 Domaine le Pive Gris
Quick to the finish and hinting of raspberry, it’s the ideal midafternoon pairing for flip-flops and beach towels. Available at Perrine’s Wine Shop, $15.99
2013 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina
Fizzy in the glass and ripe with watermelon and strawberries, Ameztoi is one of Spain’s most impressive rosé wines. Available at pH Wine Merchant, $20
2013 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Rosé
This fuller-bodied rosé made from Pinot Noir is all about tart cherry and a masculine whiskey edge. Available at Murphy’s, $19.65
This article originally appeared in our June 2014 issue.