Rosés are relaxed, happy wines with a bad rap. Some people think they’re too frivolous and belong at an all-girl luncheon. The truth be told, they are delightful during the daytime and delicious throughout the evening. I’ve even discovered a few serious ones, but just a few.
I like to pair rosé with food based on the formality of the occasion and complexity of the food. In general, I like simpler rosés (under $15) with easier-to-prepare dishes, such as burgers and salads. I like sunny, well-made rosés ($15-$25) with dishes that require more preparation, such as chicken or veal paillard (lemon, butter, capers) or barbecued chicken. I like more serious rosés ($25+) with something special, like grilled fish or duck confit.
I enjoy tasting wines from different wine regions and at different price-points to see what the possibilities are. Here are some that I’ve tried: Less expensive: Sutter Home White Zinfandel (USA), Mateus (Portugal) and Goats Do Roam (South Africa). Mid-priced: Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir (USA), Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé (Provence, France) and Turkey Flat (Australia). Premium priced: Valentini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo (Italy) and Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva.
Don’t ever be embarrassed to serve rosé!