Perhaps the most varietally adventurous rosé of the year, Pinks by the Hitching Post features a barrel-fermented blend of nearly even parts Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Valdiguié, a grape most popular in France's Languedoc but once known as Napa Gamay. The effect is a rich salmon color and deep smells of cherry. On the palate, it's not quite as showy, with unripe raspberry and crisp apple.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.