Summer is here and we have it on good authority that means the time is right for dancing in the street – in Chicago, down in New Orleans, in New York City, across the ocean blue.  Wherever you’re headed  there’ll be music, sweet music - music everywhere - and also, probably, rosé.

While the international vino scene is full of finicky grapes that freak out when they get too far from home, great rosé can, and increasingly does, throw down strong roots wherever there’s viticulture. Pick any spot on Planet Wine, and the local take on pink will be among the most reliable guides you’ll find. So for June, we’ve put together a globe-trotting itinerary that will whisk you from South America to Europe to Asia for three brand new variations on this universal beat. Doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you…Think Pink!

Adega de Mońçao Muralhas Rosé

Region/Country of Origin: Vinho Verde, Portugal

About the Winery:  Adega Cooperativa e Regional de Monção was born, as a result of the common ambition of a group of winegrowers, and plays a very important role in the socio-economic dynamism of the region of Monção and Melgaço, promoting the direct and indirect employment of hundreds and hundreds of people. Adega de Monção is home for those who make grapes their livelihood, hobby or family legacy.

About the Winemaking: Selection of the best grapes.  Must drop extraction.  Decantation (24 hours at 14 C). Controlled fermentation between 16-18 c, followed by racking/Soutirage. Primary filtration then storage and cold stabilization. Final membrane filtering before bottling


Tasting Notes:  Its pink color is an omen of a soft and slightly sweet taste. Bright fruity character with loads of wild berry aromas. The palate is fresh and well-balanced with bright, clean, smooth and ever so lightly sweet flavors. The aromas of wild fruits envelop us, without ever losing its balanced profile. It persists, in memory and in the mouth.

Winemaker: Adega de Mońçao is a co-op and they don’t have one winemaker, they have many.

Price: $13.99 btl/$151.10 case

Suggested food pairing:

When tasted young and very fresh, it pairs perfectly with a seafood meal or fish dishes.

Selendi Ongor Family Vineyard Rosé 2020

Region/Country of Origin:  Sarnıç Valley, Turkey

About the Winery: Selendi Winery is a Turkish wine producer located in the valley of Sarnickoy, high above the ancient town of Akhisar in the west of the country. It was the first estate bottled producer of the country with the inaugural vintage released in 2000. 

About the Winemaking: The family-owned estate meticulously practices organic farming, meaning no pesticides or chemical intervention of any kind in their process. Each vine is carefully and naturally tended to from seed to grape production, nurtured and pruned by people who live and work on the land. After a hand-pick in the vineyard, grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the winery.

Tasting Notes: Joyous and balanced, this rosé blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Shiraz offers notes of citrus blossom, raspberries, watermelon jolly rancher, and bubble gum with bright acidity, soft tannins, and a long finish.

Winemaker: Andrea Paoletti

Price: $16.99 btl/$183.49 case

Suggested Food Pairing: 

Enjoy with salmon, grilled vegetables or your favorite light cheeses.

Los Vascos Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Rosé 2021

Region/Country of Origin:  Valley de Caneten, Colchagua Valley, Chile

About the Winery: Los Vascos is located in Valle de Caneten (Colchagua), a closed valley in the central zone of Chile, approximately 25 miles from the sea. The valley provides a perfect microclimate for high quality viticulture, with Northern exposure to lands uncontaminated by airborne or water-borne pollutants. Daily on-shore winds provide temperature changes between 68-77°F, for optimum maturation of the grapes. With 1,581 acres planted on the over 10,000 acre estate, it is one of the largest vineyards in the central Colchagua valley, at the foot of Mount Cañeten.

About the Winemaking: 60% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Mourvèdre. Grapes were harvested early in the morning, when temperatures were lower, in order to preserve the aromatic freshness of the grapes. At the winery, grapes were pressed directly and fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to preserve their aromatic potential. The wine is aged in tanks to retain the purity of the fruit.

Tasting Notes: Bright and crystal-clear, this wine has an alluring pale pink color. The nose exhibits an intense strawberry scent that mixes with a background of raspberry and sweet melon pear. A fresh, vivacious palate that presents a delicate structure and balanced acidity and develops into a lovely and gentle aftertaste. 

Winemaker: Philippe Rolet

Price: $10.99 btl/$118.69 case

Suggested Food Pairing: 

Chicken and veggie kebabs, 

Sopa de Mariscos,

Pastel de jaiba (Crab pie)

Photo by Dennis Vinther on Unsplash

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