Nothing screams summer more than a nice chilled bottled of rosé. It’s a great wine to be paired with any summer fruit or veggie like tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. A perfect guest for an any salty meat like prosciutto. Rosé is known to be one of the oldest wines as well. But, what is it?
Rosé is a unique process that incorporates some of the colors of the grape but not quite enough to justify as a “red wine”. All rosés are unique in hue and all depends on the way the rosé is processed. Like most wines, you can find a wide variety of decently priced rosés. You don’t have to spend a ton of money for a good bottle. Below is a list of just a few of my favorites…
La Vielle Ferme
The first time I tried this particular wine was on vacation in Boulder, CO while dining at a French restaurant, Brasserie Ten Ten. Boulder is a special place that I called home from 2007-2011 while attending the University of Colorado. Boulder’s Pearl Street is jam-packed with outstanding fine dining, live music, and shopping. It’s especially known for its decently priced happy hours typically lasting from 3-6:30p.
After an 8-mile hike at Gregory Canyon with my dad, it was time for a much-deserved glass of wine. A splash of La Vielle Ferme pricing at $6 for a glass and $24 for the bottle. Pleasantly surprised by its light crispness and beautiful pale pink hue, I made sure to make a mental note.
A few weeks later back in Chicago, I was delighted to find this wine at our local Binny’s on sale from $6.99 to $5.99 a bottle! What a steal! This is definitely one to stock up on.
Mionetto Brut Rose
Just as yummy as the classic brut prosecco, this take on a bubbly rosé is one to not miss out on! A fair price point around $10-$13, it is a classic girly drink perfect for any celebration or a casual summer evening. Serve cold and make sure add a strawberry or raspberry for garnish!
A wine that tastes like it sounds. Ironically enough this wine was introduced to me in a podcast Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown. If you have never listened to this podcast before, I highly recommend start even if you don’t watch any of the Real Housewives franchises. Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider’s love for this wine left me curious and salivating at the mouth every time it was mentioned. Definitely a splurge for a yogi at $18 a bottle on average but worth the money for a special weekend dinner.
Miraval Provence Rose
This is what we call “I just got paid” rosé! On average $24, Miraval Provence is produced by a famously known couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Yep! That’s right. The now divorced Hollywood couple began production on the 150 acres of vineyards at the Chateau Miraval, the South of France estate in 2008. Since the divorce, it has been unknown what will happen to Miraval especially since it’s strong boost in sales.
A little pricier than I would typically ever spend on a bottle of wine, the champagne bottle and fluorescent pink hue makes this wine elegant and inviting.