When the weather is hot, it’s time to view the world through rosé-colored glasses. At a restaurant. By the pool. On the patio. Feet up.
Rosé wines can range from a cloyingly sweet white zinfandel to a dry, crisp, mouth-watering wine that pairs well with a wide range of foods and is a refreshing sipper in warm weather.
The color of these wines can range from pale pink to almost purple. They can be still, semisparkling or sparkling. They are made all over the world from a variety of grapes.
Without getting technical, because that’s pretty boring, the juice of all grapes, whether red or white, is almost colorless. With red wines, the juice is fermented with red grape skins. With white wines, the skins are removed before fermentation.
Rosé wines are made by several different methods, but basically, they are separated from the skins early in fermentation, accounting for a pretty-in-pink wine. They should be served chilled.
Rosé wines have steadily increased in popularity over the past five years, and they exploded this year. McSperitt’s Wine & Liquor, 4117 S. Harvard Ave., for instance, doubled its rosé labels from 25 to 50 this year.
We asked Jazimine Ayres and Justin Herrington of McSperitt’s to recommend four dry rosés with different price points from around the world and add tasting notes. The fifth came from Frankie Williams, owner of Toad Hollow Vineyards. She was in Tulsa recently and said her rosé is a go-to food wine for her all year.
Prices may vary from store to store.
Natura (Chile, $10)
The wine is made from organic merlot grapes grown in a warm climate with stoney soils and aged in stainless steel. Ripe, fresh strawberry and raspberry notes with vibrant acidity and subtle minerality.
Mulderbosch (South Africa, $15)
It is made from sustainably farmed and grown cabernet sauvignon grapes. Look for notes of strawberries, grapefruit and guava. A medium-bodied wine that goes well with most anything.
Hillersden (New Zealand, $17)
A family-owned and -operated winery, the rosé is made from 100 percent estate-grown pinot noir grapes. High altitude vineyards have warm, dry days and cold nights. The wine has low residual sugar but is juicy and rich.
Fit Vine (California, $20)
This wine is filtered through diatomaceous earth and micron pads to produce a wine low in sugar, carbs and calories. It has a crisp acidity and notes of raspberries, strawberries and rose petal.
Toad Hollow Vineyards (California, $15)
Made from 100 percent pinot noir, the wine is fermented at a cold temperature in stainless steel prior to bottling. Grapes are picked at a low sugar level, resulting in lower alcohol and high acidity, enhancing its freshness.