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Rosé, White, and Blue for July 4th

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Although rosé wines may have gotten a bad reputation from overly sweet ‘white’ zinfandels of the past, they are now seeing a revival within the wine world. With their fruit forward character and approachable price point, rosés are the perfect choice for your July 4th cookout. We’ve selected our top five bottles to keep your glass full all weekend.

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2014 | Sweet cherry and delicate honeysuckle are balanced by green notes of herb de Provence in this medium-bodied wine. It is a traditional grenache, syrah, and mourvedre blend that offers a fresh option for your outdoor summer meals. $14

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé | Slightly effervescent and bracingly dry, this wine is ideal for pairing with BBQ. Deep pomegranate and strawberry flavors add just a hint of sweetness to a deliciously ripe finish. $9

Baron de Breban Sparkling Rosé | This bubbly pinot noir is Provencal sunshine in a bottle!  Light and strawberry-scented, it is great for sipping with shortcakes. $13

Moshin Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 | Hailing from California’s Russian River Valley, this bottle is packed with exotci notes of rose petal, agave, and ripe watermelon. A strong acidic backbone keeps it food friendly. $22

Segries Tavel Rosé 2014 | Tavel roses are perfect for red wine drinkers. Strong on the palate with blackcurrant and jammy raspberries, ending with a finished kissed by smoke and ginger. Drink with anything and everything from the grill. $19

 

Photo credit: “Several Rhone and Provence roses” by nadia & massimo – Flickr: Menérbes. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons