If you love a good rosé and are hoping to enjoy it well passed rosé season (summer), you’re in luck. Not only has the season been permanently extended—because, let’s face it, this wine goes well with just about anything—but it’s also an all-around crowd pleaser. That’s why it’s so ideal for weddings of all kinds and all times of year. “Rosés are fantastic food wines because of their versatility—they run the gamut from intensely dry to pleasantly sweet and everywhere in between,” explains Benita Johnson, sommelier and owner of The Vine Wine Club. “The fruity and low acid offerings are great as aperitifs, the drier varietals are great food accompaniments and have enough acid for aging potential and the sweeter varietals are perfect ‘entry’ wines for new wine drinkers and just fun to add more life to an already great celebration.”
Another fun perk of pink wine is that it can be made from just about any red grape, simply by limiting the time of contact between the skin and juice or by mixing some red and white wines together. Johnson herself loves and recommends rosé wines, especially for weddings, because they’re typically moderately priced and are universally loved. “Even the most discerning palates typically find aspects of the pink wine in that they fall in love,” she adds.
Since there’s an unlimited amount of rosé wines to choose from, we asked sommeliers to share their absolute faves for weddings of all seasons. Here are their top 10 favorite rosé wines for weddings.
A Tribute to Grace Rose of Grenache, Santa Barbara, California
The winemaker of this rosé, Angela Osborne, named her entire winery after her grandmother Grace—how beautiful is that? “This Grenache is grown in the Santa Barbara Highlands and you can taste the light salinity from the ocean breeze every sip,” says Wallace. “This is a beautiful wine that goes as perfectly with oysters on the beach as it does watching the sunset over the mountains.”
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Joao Portugal Ramos Rose Vinho Verde, Portugal
Don’t let this wine’s cheap price tag fool you—its taste is quite impressive. “This is made by one of Portugal’s most gifted winemakers, originally from the Alentejo, but branching out now to the country’s far north,” describes Sandy Block, M.W., VP of Beverage at Legal Sea Foods. “It’s made from a blend of 50 percent Touriga Nacional and 50 percent Espadeiro and is medium deep in color, with orange tones and a brilliant tangerine, citrus note.” He recommends it for cocktail hour.
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Chateau Peyrassol Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
History buffs will be all over this rosé, which was founded by the Knights Templar and has been making rose since the 13th century. “The grapes grown on this beautiful Mediterranean estate have been planted in the same vineyards for over 700 years and this blend takes the best Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache grapes and blends them to perfection,” says Wallace. “This is about as benchmark as rosé gets and is a pretty perfect starting point.”
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Gerard Boulay Sancerre Rosè
This Pinot Noir from the Loire is deliciously crisp with notes of fresh cranberry, ripe strawberry lemon zest and clean minerality, according to Mandy Sparacino, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Chicago. She recommends pairing it specifically with fatty fish like salmon, a lemony chicken, seasonal vegetables and any type of pasta in a cream sauce.
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Txomin Etxaniz Rose, Getaria, Spain
“Virtually unpronounceable (Cho-meen, Ee-chon-eez), this is produced just outside San Sebastian on the Bay of Biscayne, where the local grape Hondarribi Zuri is grown on green, Atlantic-washed slopes in mixed farming country,” says Block. “It’s lively, spritzy, bone dry and vibrant and is outstanding with virtually any lighter fish preparations or a tomato Caprese salad.”
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Scribe Rosé of Pinot Noir, Napa, California
According to Tim Wallace, the sommelier at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, Scribe takes their incredibly beautiful estate grown Pinot Noir seriously by turning it into rose instead of leaving it on the skins and putting out delicious, though far more expensive, Pinot Noir. “This decision is perfect for anyone who gets their hands on this wine, since it has more seriousness than other rosés,” he says. “There is a sense of richness in addition to the traditional playfulness found in other rosés.” He recommends pairing it with everything from passed steak tartare toasts to roasted salmon.
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Cambria Rose of Pinot Noir 2017
This is a very special wine for Cambria’s winemaker Jill Russell—it’s her very first wine released in the marketplace as the winemaker for this storied Santa Maria Valley winery. She loves to say this rosé was made with intent, started during the growing season by identifying two blocks of Pinot Noir that she felt could produce the style of rosé she enjoys drinking. To achieve this, she left a heavier crop than what was done for their Pinot Noir wines to create bright fruit flavors and structure. After blending, the wine was fined and filtered, which resulted in a balanced yet juicy rosé with a beautiful pale pink color. Expect to taste notes of strawberry, watermelon rind and grapefruit with a sip of this dry, yet crisp rosé with the perfect balance of acidity and texture.
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2017 Wente Vineyards, Small Lot Rosé of Pinot Noir
If you’re looking for a rosé that’ll pair well with those fancy hors d'oeuvres you’re serving right after your ceremony, Wente Vineyards Small lot Rosé won’t disappoint. “Its subtle fruitiness acts like a canvas that lets your food bites really shine,” says Jorge Tinoco, sommelier at Wente Family Estates. “The mouthwatering acidity keeps your palate crisp and ready for another bite, or sip of wine.”
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Stone Hill Winery Brut Rose
Your diamond and beaming smile might be two of the main things that sparkle on your wedding day, but there’s no reason that your wine choice can’t be bubbly, too. This is one of Johnson’s favorite sparkling wines. “It’s made from a blend of Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc, it offers a rich and yeasty mouth feel,” she describes. She recommends pairing it with everything from seafood and pork to soft and aged cheeses—and definitely to salute the happy couple.
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Dolce Vita Wine Pamplemousse Rosé
We know what you’re thinking—this rosé must go so well with the infamous La Croix’s best-selling flavor, pamplemousse, and it does! “This French rosé is perfect for receptions at any part of the day,” says Johnson. “Sweetened with its blend of natural grapefruit flavors, it is the perfect accompaniment to brunch items and is also great by itself.”
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