Seven Favorite Rosés for Under $20 – Wine of the Week


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it is that time of the year for Rose wines and as the numbers show more and more people are drinking rose.  It may be the average low price of the wine or just the simplicity.  I am curious what this one tastes like:  Traditionally, a fancy unusual bottle indicates the wine is aimed at liquor store sales but judging from the price, I think not and the winery was being creative which goes with the territory being FFC's winery.

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Posted Jun 1st 2009 3:00PM by Gretchen Roberts
Filed under: WineSummerWine of the Week

Sofia RoseGretchen Roberts has passed the introductory course at the Court of Master Sommeliers and is studying for her sommelier certification this fall.

Here we are at the start of the idlest season of the year, when it's so hot youhave to relax, when the produce is so bountiful you can't help but gobble it, and when life gets simpler and so should your wine.

Which brings me to rosé, the ultimate summer wine. Why? Because rosés, made from red grapes but drunk chilled and fresh like white wine, are pretty, refreshing and incredibly evocative of some of the best summer fruits — and the newest releases are hitting the store shelves right now. 

Seven inexpensive rosé picks after the jump.

What makes a good rosé? "Good" to me is light, refreshing, low in alcohol and full of fresh fruity flavors. Bad is a rosé trying too hard to be a red wine: overly extracted, which makes the color too deep and the wine too heavy, and overly alcoholic (and therefore dehydrating).

Unlike some wines (New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc, Burgundy wines) that are just tailor-made for a specific place, good rosé can hail from anywhere. And because there are so many delicious and inexpensive versions around, I suggest never spending more than $15 or $20 tops for a bottle. 

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