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It only took a few years, but rosé has become synonymous with summer weather. And although there are many lovely bottles of pink tones on the market, there are other summer-friendly varieties to consider as well, from Albariño to Sancerre.
Here is a selection of eight bottles to consider opening during dinner on the porch or small, socially distant gatherings.
Le Grand Courtâge : Le Grand Courtâge produces Blanc de Blanc's Brut and Brut Rosé, sold in both 750-milliliter and 1
Robert Mondavi : A Richer Style by Sauvignon Blanc (with a small blend of Sémillon grapes), Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fumé Blanc 2018, is bright with refreshing notes of grapefruit, green apple, peach, melon and a subtle hint of jasmine. Bottled in April 2017, all the juice was fermented with a barrel for increased richness and complexity, with 5% in new French oak for increased texture and complexity. The winemaker suggests pairing it with main courses, such as rosemary chicken or pork chops. SRP : $ 23.
Dog Point Vineyard : I In addition to the distinctive flavor profiles found in the wines, Dog Point stands out from other New Zealand producers to hand-pick 100% low-yield fruit fruits – virtually unheard of in the country – that at times drive organic, green harvesting to improve flavor concentration , and fermentation partially with indigenous yeast. Sauvignon Blanc in 2019 is wonderfully expressive, silky structure and blooms with perfumed aromas characterized by freshly squeezed citrus, complete with flinty and smoky tones. SRP : $ 25.
Big Cork Vineyards : Just launched in June , Saignée Rosé is a fruit forward blend of grapes from Malbec and Cabernet Franc. With notes on strawberry jam and a nice balance of acidity, this rosé is ideal for summer pairings with a creamy goat cheese. SRP : $ 26.
Langlois-Chateau : One of the leading producers in France's Loire Valley, the vineyard's Sancerres are bright, intense and expressive in depth and minerality from chalk and flint terroir. The grapes that entered Sancerre in 2019 come from a selection of the best vineyard plots as well as from sustainably managed vineyards, resulting in a wine that is serious and complex while remaining delicate and approachable at the same time. SRP : $ 27.
Chandon : The Napa Valley winemaker's newest sparkling wine just debuted in May. A reserve of Blanc de Blancs, "By The Bay" was named in tribute by the winery's proximity to the Bay of San Pablo. A mixture of 92% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Blanc grapes grown mainly on Chandon's vineyard in the Carneros estate. This cuvée is made in the traditional way and has 42 months on the rice. About 15% of the blend is aged in French oak barrels to give a subtle shake and complexity to the wine. SRP : $ 30.
The Prisoner Wine Company: A bold Chardonnay blend, 2017 Blindfold is pure, refreshing and vibrant, filled with juicy citrus flavors balanced by notes of butterscotch and toasted hazelnut. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon peel and caramelized sugar. SRP : $ 32.
Château Minuty: Inspired by the Saint-Tropez coast in summer, the number "281" in the name of Château Minuty 281 in 2019 stands for the royal blue Pantone color on the side of this bottle. The bottle's designers suggest that the rich hue reflects the same shadow in the sky as far as the eye can see on a wonderful afternoon when the wind blows at the vineyard by the sea. Within the Minuty portfolio, 281 is the most complex and rich rosé. Ideal for a cooler evening on the coast, the pale wine offers intense aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers, balanced with great depth with a pronounced mineral structure. Pair of scallop risotto, grilled shrimp, or baked John Dory fish with fennel. SRP : $ 90.
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