Rosé wines reach from bone dry and elegant, to sparkling and celebratory, and through to sweet and sultry.
Just as pink is the half way hue between white and red on the colour spectrum, drinking pink offers up the best of both in the wine worlds. Rosés provide the freshness and acidity of white wines, plus the structure, berry fruit and tannin presence of reds. This balance makes rosé wines particularly food-friendly.
Alongside the blooming of colourful cherry blossoms across BC is the flush of rosés on the shelves. We've tasted more than 40 still pinks so far in 2019 here at GOW, and more are popping up weekly. I’ve included the ones that have impressed us most here.
What makes a great rosé? I’m looking for wines that are fresh, lively, pure fruited, and purposeful. Rosé, though such a quaffable, friendly wine, can easily be overwrought by heavy hands (extraction, residual sugar, oak, yeasts, etc.). The ones that stand above have felt effortless: light, taut, savoury, subtly fruited, finely structured, and dry. Here are 20 recently tasted rosés rated 89 or higher that we highly recommend.