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Rosé wines have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity since the early 2000s and are particularly popular with younger consumers.
The summer months are when demand for rosé is often at its highest, as it is light, refreshing and not too sweet—ideal for afternoon and evening drinking.
Without going into too much detail, a lot of modern rosé wine combines the techniques of white winemaking and applies it to red grapes. There is often very little contact time with the skins of the red grapes as the wine is being made—just enough to give the wine a distinct pink colour, while keeping the wine fresh, fruity and flavoursome.
A slight variation on this process is to blend red and white wine together. Technically, this would not be a rosé, but a ‘blush’ wine. Although in mainstream usage, all pink wines tend to be referred to as rosé.
Many rosé wines are perfect for partnering with food and make a perfect accompaniment for summer picnics and barbeques.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite rosé wines that you might not find in the supermarket.
Cortefresca Pinot Grigio Rosé: £7.49, 12% ABV
This Cortefresca Pinot Grigio Rose is the perfect summer wine.
Made with a delicate blend of soft summer fruits and light acidity, it's both refreshing and fruity.
Best served chilled, but not too cold, this Pinot Grigio Rose is perfect on its own or with spicy food, salads or pasta dishes.
Whether you're relaxing at home or entertaining friends, this is the perfect wine to enjoy all summer long.
This is a favourite with our customers and never fails to secure great reviews.
Terrazze Della Luna Pinot Grigio Rosato: £9.59, 12.5% ABV
If you're looking for a zesty and lively Pinot Grigio Rosé, look no further than Terrazze Della Luna.
This delicate rosé is sourced from the Vallagarina Valley in Trentino, Italy - a region known for its crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio wines.
Terrazze Della Luna Rosato has a pretty copper colour Rosé and is perfect for enjoying all year round.
It pairs well with salads, seafood, and white meats, and has even won a bronze medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards in 2018.
So, if you're looking for a delicious and refreshing rosé, be sure to try Terrazze Della Luna Pinot Grigio Rosato.
Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rosé: £10.99, 11.5% ABV
Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rosé is a light and refreshing wine that's perfect for any occasion!
A combination of 95% Glera and 5% Brachetto grapes gives the wine a lovely pink hue. The aromas of strawberries and raspberries are sure to please, while the berry flavours on the palate are simply delicious.
This sparkling rosé is well-balanced with fresh acidity and zesty cherry notes, making it an easy choice for any wine lover.
If you're hosting an outdoor summer party or simply enjoying a quiet evening in the garden, Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rosé is the perfect companion.
Aotearroa Pinked Sauvignon Blanc: £9.99, 13.5% ABV
Looking for a delicious, aromatic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that's sure to please? Look no further than the Aotearoa Pinked Sauvignon Blanc.
This tantalizing wine is made from grapes grown in the world-renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand.
The Aotearoa Pinked Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely pink hue and 13.5% alcohol content. It's perfect for enjoying on its own or with your favourite meal.
So, whether you're kicking back after a long day or hosting a dinner party, this scrumptious wine is sure to hit the spot.
Vinho Verde Ponte De Lima Rosé £8.49, 12% ABV
Made with the finest Vinhao, Padeiro, and Espadeiro grapes from Portugal's Lima Valley, this deliciously complex and refreshing wine is sure to please any crowd.
With delicate floral aromas and a fruity finish, this wine is perfect for any summer evening or social gathering.
This wine has won many awards, including Silver at the 2015 Wine Masters Challenge and Bronze at the 2015 DWWA Asia Wine Awards.
With a 12% ABV, this is a must-try rosé that pairs well with anything. So, whether you're looking for an easy-drinking wine to enjoy on its own or something to accompany your meal, Vinho Verde Ponte de Lima Rosé is a great choice.