Drink Pink: Crisp Rosé Wines for Fall

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Rosé has been stereotyped as a classic summer wine or for girly ‘pink’ pajama parties, and admittedly it is great for those things. But it is also so much more than that. It is a serious wine, with the potential for complex, incredible flavors. The color isn’t always pale pink either— it can range from light salmon to deep strawberry, and all those beautiful pink hues in between. 

While summer is officially over, rosé season is not. Yes, it’s absolutely fine to cling to that glass of refreshing rosé a little while (ok, a lot!) longer. Here are some world-class pink wines—both local and international—that you can enjoy without burning a deep hole in your pocket.

H3 2019 Rosé ($13.99)

A beautiful light pink, The H3 Rosé is a crisp style rosé made with a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhone varietals, such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise. It is perfect to sip just as the weather starts cooling down. Flavors of fresh watermelon and juicy apple are balanced by clean slate-like minerality. H3 Winemaker Katie Nelson said, “this wine gives you the best of both worlds, providing fruit flavors from the black grapes along with a bright, refreshing crispness. Try it with rice dishes, grilled fish, and a wide array of cheese.”

Erath 2018 Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé ($14)

From Willamette Valley, the land of Pinot Noir comes this delightful delicately-hued rosé, made from their famed Pinot Noir grapes. With nectarine, passion fruit, and green apple—this dry wine is an absolute treat for the senses. Erath Head Winemaker Gary Horner said, “This versatile wine pairs nicely with a variety of seafood dishes or hearty fall chowders. ” 

Altered Dimension Rosé ($14.99)

Launched this August, Altered Dimension Rosé is a sensorial delight. For starters, it looks beautiful, the palest of pinks in color. It starts with aromas of strawberry that lead on to crisp apple and peach flavors revved up with peppery notes. Sommelier Samantha Capaldi said, “One of my favorite myths to debunk is that rosé is actually not just a “summer water” wine. A dry rosé is truly so versatile, especially one as lean, crisp, and fruity as Altered Dimension. From light and zesty salads to roasted chicken, and even BBQ, this one truly will complement dishes from any time of year!” 

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2019 Limited Release Le Rosé ($25)

This elegant, fruit-forward rosé is perfect for a rainy fall day when all you want to do is curl up indoors in front of the fireplace. Invigorating citrus, red berries, and baking spice come together to create perfect harmony on the palate. Lacey Steffey, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s traveling winemaker said, “Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this is the perfect wine to help you transition into fall reds. Pair with prosciutto and brie grilled cheese sandwiches.” 

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Columbia Valley Rosé ($15)

This crisp, dry wine from Washington’s Columbia Valley goes perfectly with crisp, nippy fall weather. It has tasting notes of cherries, watermelon, and orange zest, and a long finish. Sip this on your porch or in your backyard on a sunny fall day. Lacey Steffey, Chateau Ste. Michelle Traveling Winemaker said, “Perfect for easy sipping, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Columbia Valley Rosé is great for happy hours or an evening bundled by the fire. I love drinking rosé all year round because of its amazing ability to pair with a wide array of foods.”

Scharffenberger Brut Rosé ($29.00)

Crisp, effervescent, and absolutely delicious—this salmon-hued rosé is the perfect wine to celebrate with. Whether it is an anniversary, a promotion, a birthday, or finishing that marathon—you deserve a glass of pink bubbly. It begins with red berry aromas, and leads on to strawberry shortcake flavors, and finished on a buttery, smooth note. This sparkling wine is a great complement to spicy Asian food. For maximum enjoyment, serve chilled on a sunny fall day. Buy here.

Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Rosé of Grenache ($24)

This Provence-style rosé from Oak Farm Vineyards is incredibly light and sippable. Think floral notes of jasmine and rose, tropical fruit flavors, and a velvety finish. Citrusy grapefruit and crisp melon flavors, and mouthwatering acidity are beautifully offset by a creamy, lingering finish. This fall-friendly wine pairs beautifully with a hearty meal of herb-crusted lamb, savory pumpkin pie, and roasted root vegetables. Buy here.

Enate Rosado ($14)

This exquisite wine had us at the color. This rosé is the most ethereal, intense shade of diaphanous ruby, which comes from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The beautiful hue is matched with a brilliant palate. It’s dry with tasting notes of berries, guava, and pineapple. Serve at an idyllic beach picnic, with a charcuterie board. It goes fabulously with soft cheeses, olives, fresh figs, and strawberries. Perfectly acceptable to drink on its own too. Buy here.

Château Peyrassol ($25)

This one would be a hot favorite at Sunday brunch. Bursting with an earthy, grassy sweetness, this versatile rosé goes as well with spicy shakshuka as it does with caramelized french toast. What makes this wine super special is it’s bracing, sea-salt finish, tying everything together with the salinity of the Mediterranean. Well, we can’t be there right now but we can dream and drink some truly splendid wine. Buy here.

La Bernarde Rosé 2019 ($17)

Fact: The best rosé comes from the south of France. This beautiful salmon-hued wine checks all of the boxes—fresh, crisp, and intensely flavorful. A traditional blend of mostly Cinsault and Grenache, this classic wine is ideal for a romantic dinner. This one has notes of golden raspberry, lime, celery, and white pepper. Pair it with crispy-skin salmon, a hearty Nicoise salad, or an autumn vegetable succotash. Buy here.