Roses, with their fruit-forward style that's both supple and refreshing, have really caught on in the past few years, especially during the summer months. But when the weather turns cool, most people shy away from roses. That's a shame, because they are some of the most versatile wines around, pairing with all kinds of cuisine and working well during all four seasons. As we transition from summer to fall, pink is the perfect pick. Here are three great choices that are priced right.
2011 Domaine des Cabotieres Rose, $12.99
From the Touraine region of France's Loire Valley, this is a blend of grenache and pineau d'aunis, a red variety also known as chenin noir that is unique to the area. The result is a charming wine with delicate gooseberry and tart apple aromas, as well as a soft bit of cinnamon. Bright and lively on the palate, it's a refreshing mix of ripe red fruit and crisp tangerine and lime.
2011 Domaine des Corbillieres Rose, $12.99
With its lovely, faint salmon hue, this is the lightest of the three in color. The aromas are fresh and fruity with casaba melon, clover and a touch of spice. An exceptionally well-balanced wine, it offers elegant, ripe, red berry flavors matched by snappy acidity. Also from the Touraine region, this one is made entirely from pinot noir. It's a great choice to pair with the heartier foods of fall.
2011 Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Rose, $11.99
This blend of 50 percent grenache, 30 percent syrah and 20 percent cinsault from France's Costieres de Nimes is the boldest of the three roses. It's filled with rich berry and cherry aromas, backed by peach, orange and spice. Big, sweet berry flavors fill the mouth and are nicely balanced by crisp citrus that comes through on the long finish. This wine is a great choice for the cooler fall weather.