Much to my surprise, having flown its flag for decades, rosé has suddenly become hip and trendy. Increasingly, people are learning that they aren't typically sweet; fewer and fewer are confusing them with white zinfandel. Whereas production in France led the way to its popularity—followed by Spain, Italy and the U.S.—pink wines are now being made in places as
I usually take the opportunity to write about rosé this time of year, since it is such a compelling spring and summer wine—although I hope you don't limit your intake to only warm-weather
Cole namechecks hip-hopper Flo Rida, who sings, "2 in the morning I'm zoned in / Them rosé bottles foaming," and Wiz Khalifa requesting "rosé in my Champagne glass." "And then there is Rick Ross with his black bottle," Cole writes. "Rozay's rosé entered 66 international markets in its first three years of existence, becoming the top-selling sparkling wine on Amazon. Between 2013 and 2014 alone, its sales grew by 340 percent."
It's true that it used to be considered crap, but now it's cool. Yet that's not why you should drink it. I love rosé for its versatility. There are
Chateau Minuty is a family estate in Provence on the Saint Tropez peninsula (wouldn't suck to work there, right?). Jean-Etienne and François Matton produce top-notch wine there, utilizing chemical-free, sustainable practices, and 2016 "M" de Minuty Rosé ($19) is a good example. It's
A pair of organic, sustainable and Fair Trade rosés recently knocked me out: De Bos Walker Bay 47 Varietal Rosé ($17) from South Africa, and Spain's Raimat 2015 Rosé ($12). Both are luscious and affordable. I also love the 2016 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($14)—one of the meatier new examples I tried.
Meiomi Rosé 2016 ($25) is delicate, dry and delightful. But my favorite so far this season has been Kim Crawford Hawke's Bay Rosé 2016 ($18) from New Zealand. It's gorgeous and well worth tracking down. You'll want to order a case or two to get you through summer.