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Rose / Wine

Just because it’s pink, doesn’t mean it’s any less serious. Just because it’s become a seasonal “It” drink, doesn’t mean it’s too trendy to last. A cool rose on a hot night can feel like a vacation in a glass. But selecting the right bottle can be tricky - picking between clean and refreshing and not ending up with something that has all the complexities of cherry-flavored cough syrup.

To help us navigate through this season’s rose wines, we turned to three New York City wine stores - Appellation Wine and Spirits, Chambers Street Wines, and De-Vino Wine Boutique.

Appellation Wine & Spirits

  1. Biokult 2008 Niederosterreich Pinot Noir "Rosé Secco" ($18.99)

  2. It's the perfect, warm weather bubbly rose--light, crisp with only 10%

  3. alcohol, a festive, refreshing rosé.

  4. Wolffer Estate 2009 Hamptons Long Island Rosé ($13.99)

  5. Made from a blend of merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc. Great with seafood and soft cheeses. A local, thirst-quenching rosé.

  6. Roquefort 2009 Cotes de Provence Corail Rosé ($15.99)

  7. This rosé is produced from a blend of six different Provencal grapes and will appeal to a wide range of imbibers--from the wine geek to casual sipper.

Chambers Street Wines

  1. Baudry, Bernard et Mathieu 2009 Chinon Rosé ($17.99)

  2. A Loire producer making natural wines with hand-harvested grapes and with wild yeast fermentation. Another great food wine that's dry, delicate, ethereal, with strawberry fruits.

  3. Bouvier 2009 Marsannay Rosé ($17.99 - arrives early May)

  4. Rosés from Burgundy are relatively rare and can be quite a treat. Bouvier’s is a terrific, super-dry, aromatic, elegant rosé.

  5. Lopez de Heredia 2000 Vina Tondonia Rosado ($25.99)

  6. A complex, traditional rosado from Rioja that is aged in oak casks for 4.5 years and for an additional 6 years in the bottle. It's copper-orange in color, elegant, complex, and the perfect companion with food.

  7. Mas Jullien 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé ($21.99 - arrives late May)

  8. This is the type of rosé that will stand up to a steak. Not a shy rosé, a bigger, more full-bodied version.

  9. Thierry Navarre 2009 St. Chinian Vins de Pays Oeillade Rosé ($11.99)

  10. A light-weight, wild yeasted Cinsault from the Languedoc. It has a lot of character and is an amazing value.

De-Vino Wine Boutique

  1. Castello di Ama 2009 Rosato ($18)

  2. It’s a structured, yet light and drinkable wine made from Sangiovese and Canaiolo. The juices come from the bleeding of their Chianti Classico that are known for the high quality and high prices.

  3. Chateau D'Esclans 2008 Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rosé ($22.00)

  4. Made from grenache and rolle, this rosé has raspberry flavors with a citrus finish.

  5. Lopez de Heredia 1998 Vina Tondonia Rosado ($29)

  6. I love this winery, among the oldest of Rioja Alta. This rose is similar to the orange wines, needs to be drunk slightly colder then room temperature and needs some breathing time. Great with cheeses.

  7. Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009 North Fork Rosé ($15)

  8. From the North Fork with love…that is how Barbara and her husband do their wines. Biodynamic and one of the most sustainable winery of long island. Their wines are not modern and always filled with character.

Sommelier Levi Dalton (Alto)

  1. Great rose is for very serious slurping, I say. And I haven't wasted much time in drinking several bottles of Montenidoli Rosato from Toscana and Bernard Baudry Rose from the Loire.

  2. - Montenidoli 2009 Canaiuolo Rosé  (~$19)

  3. - Baudry, Bernard et Mathieu 2009 Chinon Rosé ($17.99)