An annual staff and customer favorite — we adore this porch pounder from southern France because it has many of the qualities we find most charming in a summery rosé. It’s crowd pleasing, sessionable, and has a workaday price tag that makes buying many bottles a real possibility. Serve well-chilled with calamari, grilled summer veggies, or a proper American hamburger!
—Michael Drapkin, Kingston Wine Co., Kingston
This rosé has a satisfying mineral complexity derived from volcanic soils, tastes of salted strawberries and cherry juice, and is dry and tart. It makes a great pairing with many non-red-meat dishes, and is made of a blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Kékfrankos by the Szent Donat winery on Tihany Peninsula, Hungary. And it’s only $17 on the shelf.
Our rec will be Rosé a Lies, a Gamay & Grolleau Pétillant Naturel from Montlouis-sur-Loire, France. It’s grown from 40-year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone. There’s red currant and raspberry aromas, and brings in a balanced and acidic flavor. If you’re a fan of sour beer, this fermented sparkling wine might be for you.
—Grapefruit Wines, Hudson