It’s summertime, and when its summer rosé rules. There are no buts, no ifs, nothing that should mess with the fact that rosé rules. You probably have even heard the term brosé, or you’ve seen people cooking with rosé. But we won’t talk about all that. We are here to talk about the Rosé wine and why you should be drinking it throughout the summer.

If you are already on board with all that, skip to the bottom where you can find some of the best Rosé wines for your next date night, family gathering, or Netflix binge. Otherwise, here’s why rosé rules.

#1 Rosé wines are here to stay

Rosé wines are not like some one time summer hit that no one will remember the next year. Rosé wines were made in ancient Rome and ancient Greece. Since then, winemakers haven’t stopped making them.

Rosé wine in summer
Rosé wine pairs with many foods, but more than anything else it pairs with summer. Popular since the early days of ancient Greece and Rome, and here to stay.
#2 The Various Styles of Rosé wines

There is a big misconception about Rosé wines that all rosés taste the same and that they all are overly sweet. The truth is, the world of Rosé wines is a huge one in which various styles are ranging from sweet to dry. In terms of color, they come in all shades of pink, from practically colorless to almost red.

#3 Rosé wines Pair Well With All Sorts of Foods

Same as whites and reds, Rosé wines are a great match with a ton of foods. It doesn’t matter if it is a picnic, a hot date, a barbecue, an outdoor brunch, or some other occasion, there is a Rosé wine for every occasion. In terms of food pairing, Rosé wines play better with fresh and light foods, for example, salads, seafood, and fish.

Plus, drinking Rosé wine won’t get you bloated and make you feel stuffed.

#4 Don’t Confuse Rosé wines with Zinfandel

There is another misconception about Rosé wines, and it has to do with Zinfandel. The thing is many people confuse Rosé wines with white Zinfandel, which is quite sweet. However, Rosé wines are not that sweet and are far more complex than Zinfandel wine. Rosé wines cover a massive spectrum of dry and sweet.

#5 Rosé wine is a drink of culture

Rosé wine is the preferred wine for many people during the summer months. If you have been to France, Italy, Spain, or pretty much any Mediterranean country, you’ve probably noticed how people like to chill with a glass of rosé. Think about all the street-side cafes in Milan or Paris, and how people sitting there prefer to drink rosé over coffee.

Those that have been in Europe during the summer know how common sight is to see people chilling with a glass of Rosé wine.

So why not try to emulate that and be seen as someone sophisticated and cultural, even if you are thousands of miles far from Europe.

Top Rosé wines to drink all summer long

As we already mentioned earlier, there is a massive selection of Rosé wines. If you know what’s great, then it’s good. But, if you don’t know much about the different Rosé wines on the market, don’t worry. We are here to save the day one more time by giving you a list of great Rosé wines.

All the below were specifically mentioned by our staff, and come at a range of price points and tasting profiles. If it’s on this list, it’s great. We’ll try to add some specific reviews later!

  • Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé
  • VieVite Rose 2018
  • Tormaresca Calafura Negromaro Rosato 2018
  • 2015 Sulauze Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé
  • Hampton Water Rosé
  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Rose 2018
  • Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drezery Prestige 2015
  • Les maitres Vignerons de la Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez, Cep D’Or Aop Côtes de Provence
  • 2015 Sot de l’Ange Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Rosé “la Boutanche”
  • Miraval Provence Rosé
  • Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rose 2019
  • Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rose
  • 2015 Monte Bernardi IGT Terre Siciliane Rosato “Fuori strada”

We also wanted to include an honorable mention here for fig wine, which was recommended as another great summer wine drink by one of our staff members! Although fig wine is a fruit wine, and very, very different from a rosé, we figured it was worth an honorable mention in the list when it comes to great summer wines!

Different types of rosé wine
Rosé wine comes in all different “shapes and sizes”, so don’t be fooled into thinking that all rosé is the same – far, far from it. On the list above we’ve included some specific recommendations from our staff and writers when asked “what is the best summer rosé?”.
How to serve Rosé wine?

Perfectly serving a glass of Rosé wine means to serve it in the right glass, at the proper temperature, and pair it with the right food. Same as most white wines, Rosé wine is served cooler. Typically that means keeping the bottle in your fridge for two to three hours before opening it. Set the temperature at around 50 Degrees Fahrenheit / 10 Degrees Celsius, and you can rest assured that it will be at its best when you open the bottle.

Well, that’s it. Now go and pour yourself a glass of fine Rosé wine!