Our Top 5 Rosé Picks to Enjoy This Summer (and All Year Long!)

Posted on May 16, 2018 by admin

The weather is heating up in Calgary, and if you're like us, you'll agree that rosé is one wine that is absolutely perfect for enjoying on the patio. With the light and refreshing flavours, not only is it great for enjoying on its own, but with a number of different foods.

To celebrate the arrival of the sunshine and the higher temps, here are 5 of our favourite rosés, along with food pairings, that you won't want to miss this season.


1. Mirabeau en Provence Rosé 2017 - $23.81

This is classic Provencal rosé, orange-hued, fresh and lively, like summer in a glass. Blended from Syrah (60%), Grenache (35%) and Cinsault it offers the typical bowl-of-berries profile backed by lively acidity. The winery is a relative newcomer formed in 2009 by the Cronk family, a young couple from London who left for pinker pastures in bucolic Provence. Sounds like a dream come true for these entrepreneurs; there is no question they got things right.


2. Chateau Roubine La Vie en Rose 2016 - $21.90

Provence is rosé central and this of style of wine defines the region and its cuisine. This classic example is a stroll through fields of wild strawberries; the air is perfumed with the scent of garrigues and sweet ripe fruit; drink it in.


3. Domaine du Salvard Cheverny rosé 2017 - $22.86

Cheverny is a fairly large and somewhat underrated AOC within the Touraine region of France’s Loire Valley delivering a mix of light reds, whites and rosé. The wine is a blend of (sustainably farmed) Pinot Noir (65%) and Gamay from soils that are a mix of sandy loam and clay. It offers a citrus/raspberry kick with good acidity and a nice touch of minerality. It would be a nice match for a tomato-based seafood stew, such as bouillabaisse or cioppino.


4. Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel rosé 2015- $30.49

Tavel is rosé central, an appellation in the Rhone Valley dedicated entirely to rosé. This one is big, bold and brimming with fresh crushed berries, minerals and a juicy palate quenching finish. A superstar amongst the rosé kingdom. Better yet, it comes in magnums as well!

Here is a beautiful rose from the Aeolian island of Salina off the coast of Sicily. The volcanic soils (Salina is formed around a dormant volcano) are perfect for local varietals - in this case Alicante, Nocera and Nero d’Avola. Summer in a glass.


5. Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rosé 2016 - $23.80

St. Laurent is not a grape we see much of but this Austrian producer has taken this hearty red grape and transformed it into a full-bodied rosé, sort of a red wine that has been modified to be enjoyed in the summer and fall. Cranberries, blackcurrants and bright acidity will leave you wanting more, the ideal wine for burgers and slaw on a warm summer’s eve.

Written by Geoff Last, Bin 905 General Manager