Thanks to a spike in popularity—and the fact it can be made anywhere, from almost any dark grape—shop shelves are awash in 2014 rosés. Here’s your guide to exploring the wide variety of styles from around the globe.
Kelby James Russell Nutt Road Vineyard Dry (Finger Lakes), $16
Refreshingly mineral yet deeply concentrated in red fruit, this is a standout among a growing number of quality New York rosés. It’s revitalizing in acidity and nuanced, with hints of bramble and a backdrop of deep cherry and berry flavors. It’s dry, quaffable and perfect for your picnic basket.
Gérard Bertrand Wild Woman Château La Sauvageonne (Coteaux du Languedoc), $22
As attractive as a French sunbather, this Wild Woman opens with delicate aromas of small red berries, melon rind and orange blossom. While the softly textured palate offers cherry and strawberry flavors, it’s balanced by ample acidity and a subtle minerality. Open this one for the Fourth fireworks.
Viña Casablanca Cefiro Reserva Syrah (Casablanca Valley), $12
This fluorescent-pink, Syrah-based Chilean rosé opens with cherry, raspberry and plum aromas. It’s spunky on the palate, with echoes of raspberry and plum; a citrus chaser keeps the wine firm and fresh. Ideal for quenching your thirst after a day working in the yard—or on a golf course.
Turkey Flat (Barossa Valley), $20
This richly textured and weighty rosé is almost entirely Grenache, with bits of Shiraz (4%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) and Dolcetto (1%) adding color. Hints of berry, ripe melon and white chocolate lead to a mouthwatering, citrusy finish. This wine begs you to throw some beef on the barbie.
Ponzi Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley), $20
As surefire as the sunrise, this Oregon rosé is always a winner. The floral, strawberry and pepper aromas set your mouth watering before you sip. Though bone dry, it carries a subtle tone of sweet fruit nectar from start to finish. Best for your Sunday brunch.
Domaine Houchart (Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire), $18
Provence is home to the quintessential rosé. True to the region’s form, this is rich and full on the palate, yet boasts playful acidity and a fruity freshness. Perfect for summer’s last hurrah—the Labor Day cookout.
Marqués de Cáceres (Rioja), $9
The dusty cherry and red-plum aromas are simple and clean, while the wine’s fresh, tight palate gets the job done. Flavors of cantaloupe, red plum and nectarine wrap around pithy citrus notes and a hint of bitterness. Best enjoyed on the beach.
Lyrarakis Okto (Crete), $16
Greece produces some of the most food-friendly and exotic rosés on the planet. An opulent, juicy blend of Syrah and indigenous Kotsifali and Mandilari grapes—it’s a Mediterranean cliffside vista in a glass.