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It only took a few years, but rosé has become synonymous with summer weather wine. And while there are many delightful bottles of pink-hued wines on the market, there are other summer friendly varietals to consider as well, from Albariño to Sancerre.
Here’s a sampling of eight bottles to consider opening during dinner on the porch or small, socially distant gatherings.The Très Chic RoséCourtesy of Le Grand Courtâge
Le Grand Courtâge: Le Grand Courtâge produces Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé, which are sold in both 750-milliliter and 187-milliliter bottles, and an annual vintage of its still rosé wine, Très Chic Rosé. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault grapes, both varietals—vinified separately for optimal expression—thrive in the windswept soils and Mediterranean climate. The grapes were pressed directly, yielding a brilliant pale pink hue. The resulting juice was fermented at 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in stainless steel vats to preserve the aromatic freshness, then aged for three months on fine lees and gently stirred. The coastal terroir produces a rosé with flavors of red berries, citrus, and tropical fruit, balanced by floral notes and a nice length on the finish. It pairs well with both cheeses and spicy food. SRP: $19.The 2018 Napa Valley Fumé BlancCourtesy of Robert Mondavi
Robert Mondavi: A richer style of Sauvignon Blanc (with a small blend of Sémillon grapes), the 2018 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fumé Blanc is bright with refreshing notes of grapefruit, green apple, peach, melon, and a subtle hint of jasmine. Bottled in April 2017, all of the juice was barrel-fermented for added richness and complexity, with 5% in new French oak for added texture and complexity. The winemaker suggests pairing it with main courses, such as rosemary chicken or pork chops. SRP: $23.https://fortune.com/2020/07/04/best-summer-wines-white-wine-rose-2020/