Cense Rosé Wine California 2017 ($15): It’s May, meaning it’s almost Memorial Day… meaning it was time to get your summer bod in check yesterday. Generally, wine (well, booze) is the caloric nemesis of abdominal muscles, but here’s a delicious rosé you can feel good about sippin’ on. Cense’s rosé of Zinfandel is only 85 calories a glass with a punch: it smells like berries, tastes like cherries and white peaches, and with a burst of acidity and a mouthwatering finish, the wine plays nice with warmer-weather dishes like mango chicken lettuce wraps, shrimp ceviche, or a fruit and cheese platter. (So much for that summer bod…).
BY.OTT Cotes de Provence Rosé 2017 ($25): The sun is shining, the swan is floating, and your squad is attempting to out-'gram one another by your Airbnb pool in Southampton. BY.OTT’s pale pink wine is your ultimate summer water. It’s light and well-rounded with notes of apricot, grapefruit, and minerals -- all the makings for an easy-drinking poolside sip. Next, fire up the grill and pair your drink with BBQ shrimp, grilled salmon, and a watermelon salad with feta and basil.
Brooks Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 ($20): It’s America’s birthday, so let’s be patriotic about our drinking. This rosé was born in the U.S.A. -- more specifically, Oregon’s cool-climate Willamette Valley that’s pretty much made for growing Pinot Noir grapes. The wine tastes like fresh red berries, spring herbs, and freedom. Its lively acidity and surprisingly rich finish makes for a great pair with fried chicken, grilled pork, kabobs, and other July 4th BBQ favorites. If you’re feeling fancy any other summer day, this wine also complements best-enjoyed-al-fresco bites like crab dip and tomato bruschetta.
Cocomero Rosé 2017 ($15): Take one last last whiff of summer -- literally. This bright Italian-style rosé from California smells like juicy watermelon and 5-and-dime gummy candy on the inside and out (the bottle has a playful scratch-and-sniff label). The wine’s name translates to “watermelon” in Italian, so you’ll obviously taste that, plus honeysuckle and rhubarb. Despite all these saccharine-sounding flavors, the wine is quite dry and light, pairing nicely with sushi, shellfish, fruit salad, and one last beach trip to close out the season.