A decade or so ago, it was hard to convince people to try rose wine. Few were available, and most wine drinkers equated pink with sweet. Then, in 2014, a Wall Street Journal article came out extolling the virtues of rose as a refreshing summer choice and, almost overnight, the demand for dry rose exploded—today, there are dozens. Here are three different dry roses to try:
2016 Aix Vin de Provence RosE, $17.99
The Provence region in France is known for its light roses. This charmer, a blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault, opens with spicy wild strawberry and melon aromas. The flavors are a crisp and snappy mix of dusty lime and light berry. A 130-year-old winery, Aix takes its name from the neighboring city founded by the Romans in 123 BC.
2016 Chateau de Trinquevedel, $22
Tavel—in the southern Rhone wine region—is synonymous with rose, the only wine produced there. Heavy aromas of floral rose petal lead off, backed by spicy cherry and strawberry. This bigger styled rose is the perfect segue for red wine drinkers, offering rich berry fruit balanced by crisp acidity. Don't be afraid to cellar this one for a year or two.
2016 Dunham Cabernet Franc Rose, $13.99
I'm not a fan of most cab francs, but it makes a great rose, and this Walla Walla winery has nailed it. There's an intriguing touch of candied almond to the savory red berry aromas. The palate is as rich as it is refreshing. Beautifully balanced, it blends creamy cherry with bright citrus, while the silky finish lingers on.