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ADVERTISING: Advertorial — Rosé All Day: Exploring fun pink wines from around the globe

by LAURA OLSON/The Dinner Party
| June 12, 2024 1:00 AM

Rosé has been having a major moment lately, shedding its former reputation as a simple summer sipper. Today's rosés are serious wines, crafted with care and representing a wide range of regions and styles. From the subtle salmon hues of Provence to the vibrant raspberry shades of the New World, these pink pours are perfect for any season. Let's explore some top rosé picks from near and far.

The Cinder Rosé of Syrah from Snake River Valley, Idaho is a beautiful expression of this often-overlooked American winegrowing region. Snake River Valley has rich volcanic soils that give its wines a distinctive terroir-driven minerality. Cinder was born in 2006 with a focus on varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier. With a rich, pink color, the wine opens with aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and citrus blossom. On the palate, it's crisp and dry with mouthwatering acidity highlighting flavors of red berries, pink grapefruit and a saline minerality. 

From the Champagne region of France, the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV is an iconic bottling aged extensively on the lees. The house was founded in 1818 and is one of the last remaining outstanding family-owned Champagne estates. This sophisticated rosé is crafted from Premier and Grand Cru sites with a focus on Chardonnay and the additions of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir providing the pink hue. With a brilliant orangey-pink color, it offers an elegant nose of ripe peach, red currant, and toasted brioche. The bright palate marries flavors of raspberries, blood orange, and chalky minerals in a creamy textured, finely beaded frame. 

The Coelho Rosé of Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley is a standout for its vibrant red fruit flavors and impeccable balance at an excellent value. Having bottled their first Pinot Noir in 2004, Coelho takes a fun approach with their rosé. The grapes undergo a 6-hour maceration period with the skins after being loaded into the press, receiving a couple of turns during that time. This allows for excellent extraction of flavor and color. The juice is then gently pressed off the skins using a Champagne program, settled, and fermented with a Provençal yeast strain in a combination of older and neutral French oak barrels. The result is a lush neon pink wine brimming with aromas of ripe strawberry, tart cranberry, and fresh roses. It attacks with a zingy, tart red fruit quality before filling out on the mid-palate with richer tones of watermelon and candied citrus peel. A distinct and delicious domestic rosé.

Finally, from one of the world's most renowned rosé regions, the Domaine La Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé is a classic. Provence sets the standard for dry, pale rosés with their lifted red fruit and saline-inflected mineral character. Domaine La Colombe is a small, family estate located near the village of Rians utilizing traditional winemaking methods. Their rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon — pouring a gorgeous pale peach/salmon color. The nose is delicate with strawberry, grapefruit, and Mediterranean herbs while the palate is razor sharp with mouth-watering acidity supporting flavors of tart cherry, pink citrus, sea spray and crushed stone minerality on the crisp finish.

Rosé has an amazing ability to transmit a wine's specific sense of place, from the pink-hued wines of Provence and Spain to the red-fruit driven rosés of the New World. Regions like the Willamette Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rioja, and even the ancient Greek islands are crafting stand-out rosé bottlings of character and pedigree. So, whether you prefer the delicate, bone-dry French styles or the vibrant fruity expressions from California and beyond, you'll find a rosé to fall in love with.

Visit The Dinner Party shop this month and take advantage of 20% off all rosé six-packs! With over 20 rosé selections from top regions around the world, you're sure to find the perfect pink wine to suit your taste. Raise a glass of rosé and toast the warmer days ahead!

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Laura Olson is co-owner of The Dinner Party along with her partner, Joe Petersen. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/#!/dinnerpartyshop or visit www.thedinnerpartyshop.com.