Also know as pink wine or blush wine, this summery beverage has become my go-to drink on a hot summer day. It’s perfect for drinking when you’re sitting by the pool, or on the patio with a perfectly crafted cheese plate. There’s something about that crisp, clean taste and beautiful peachy-pink color that makes me wish summer would never end.
But as often as I drink rosé, I don’t really know that much about it. For instance, when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, my other favorite adult beverage, I prefer the wines that come from New Zealand, and I don’t care its California counterparts. The New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs always taste crisper, fruitier, even grape-fruitier (like that word?!) while California’s tend to taste too much like Chardonnay for my taste.
But rosé? I was at a loss. All I knew was that I didn’t like them too sweet.
I had a few go-to bottles that I always grabbed at Whole Foods, but I selected them for one of two reasons. Either they were on sale, or because I liked the bottle design (I’m still a designer at heart). Since my knowledge of rosé was lacking, I thought it’d be worth it to try a few of them side by side to see if we could taste a difference.
I invited my friend and fellow rosé-enthusiast, Megan, over to help me taste test. For obvious reasons, other than the fact that it was Friday, she’s a teacher and has summers off, she didn’t hesitate at all!
“I’ll be right over!” she replied quickly.
Once she arrived, I poured three tastings of rosé for each of us. To keep them straight, I used different types of glasses for each one. Then, we started tasting!
La Galope Rosé 2015
This one was delicious! It had a peachier color than some rosés, which I’ve found I like, and was light, refreshing and not too sweet. It’d be perfect for a hot summer day — just make sure it’s chilled! Chilled is really the rule of thumb for all rosé though, right?
French Blue Bordeaux Rosé 2015
Again, this one was light peachy-pink in color, crisp and light in flavor and delicious. The French Blue, was probably our favorite, but it was a close call with the La Galope as they were very similar. I was glad that we liked this one so much because it’s the one that I’ve been buying on repeat at Whole Foods. It’s nearly always on sale for around $12!
Charles & Charles Rosé 2015
I grabbed this one at the last minute because it was my favorite rosé last summer and I couldn’t remember what it tasted like. It’s a deeper shade of pink than the other two. It’s still crisp, but it’s a bit heavier than the others and would hold up well when paired with food.
Overall, they were all good, definitely no losers here! I learned that I definitely prefer the peachier, lighter rosés over the pinker ones. In my experience they tend to be less sweet and more dry and crisp.
Are you passionate about rosé wines in the summer? Which brands are your favorite?