A BELLA’s Guide to the Best Summer Rosés

Rosé is the drink of the summer, but no one wants to drink bad wine. With a lot of suspect brands out there touting this popular pink drink, it’s easy to get swindled into drinking something not worthy of your calories. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of drinking this summer and compiled a list of our favorite summer rosés.

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Diving into Hampton Water: You can read all about this brand new rosé in our July/August issue of BELLA, where we interview the makers of this wine (Jon Bon Jovi, his son, and Gerard Bertrand). As a celebrity wine, we weren’t expecting much when we went to try this, but were more than happily surprised at how delicious it was. Not to mention, the bottle is a work of art.

Smoke Tree Rosé: Comprised of Grenache, Zinfandel and Carignan grapes, this California wine offers aromas of white cherry, peach and nectarine, giving drinks a refreshing, fruity and dry taste. Taking its name from the small smoke tree (or smoke bush), this winery plays up the natural beauty of the grapes they harvest, without adding in too much sugar, additives or oak.

Out East Rosé: Perfect to open up out in the Hamptons, this new rosé from Provence adds more Cinsault vs Grenache grapes to “play off the low acidity and aromatic nature of the Cinsault grape,” resulting in a mineral-y, refreshing glass of wine. It’s perfect to bring to a summer bbq or drink by the pool.

Summer in a Bottle: A New York favorite, Wölffer Estate is known for attracting people by the flocks to its vineyard every summer. So why not bottle up that feeling?! Made mostly with Merlot and Chardonnay grapes, this Long Island wine is the most local wine on our list with a more floral, sweeter flavor. Plus, the bottle just screams summer.

 

Mouton Cadet Signé Ice Rosé: Playing up on the popularity of drinking rosé during the summer months, Mouton Cadet decided to develop a rosé that actually tastes better (instead of dilutes) on ice. Red fruit flavors dominate this rosé, adding a slightly sweet touch to this refreshing wine.

Ultimate Provence (UP) Urban Provence Rosé: When an entire wine estate focuses solely on making one rosé, you know it’s bound to be good. Urban Provence is a dry rosé comprised of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle grapes with notes of strawberry, tart cherry, and a hint of white pepper. It’s acidity makes it the perfect pairing for any seafood dish you might be preparing.

Château de Berne Inspiration: Another Provence favorite, this acidic rosé made up of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah is a very drinkable, fresh wine that can last you all day long by the pool. A very balanced rosé that gives off tastes of pomegranate, cranberry and grapefruit, this wine is great for the summertime.

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