In just a few short years, rosé wines have reached an exalted status thanks to their accessibility — fresh and light like a white wine, with the structure and complexity, in many cases, of a cool red. As a result, some of the world’s best winemakers are making them, guaranteeing that Saturday’s National Rosé Day is going to be fun indeed. Take it as the chance to try some wines you’ve never had before.
Celebrate this day of rosé either by going out to a bar like South Lamar Boulevard’s Backbeat, which is having rosé specials just for the occasion, or by staying in and cozying up to one of the tasty new bottles being released this season. Either way, you’ll be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses by the end.
Rosé all day with Backbeat
The cocktail bar from the Drink.Well founders is starting the majority of rosé specials today, and they’ll be available through Sunday. These include
- $6 Rosé Vermouth Highballs (with Cocchi Rosa Vermouth, sparkling soda and Grapefruit)
- 20% off full bottles of rosé
- Tasting flight of Backbeat’s extended house rosé list for $20 (four 2 oz. tasting pours)
- Expanded rosé wine list (with glasses ranging from $9 to $12 each) that includes
- Portell Sparkling Rosé Cava from Sarra, Spain
- La Galope 100% Comte Rosé from Normandy, France
- Messanges 100% Cabernet Franc Rosé from Chinon in the Loire Valley, France
- Olivares Grenache/Minastrell Blend Rosé from Jumila, Spain
- Plus, normal oyster service will come with a special shallot and sparkling rosé mignonette
On Saturday only, the bar will also have a Break Even Bubbles special featuring Egly Ouriet Grand Brut Rosé by the glass (normally, it’s a bottle-only offering). Relish it; only one glass per person will be available at $20.70 to give as many rosé lovers as possible the chance to try the rare wine.
Drink pink at home
If you’d rather feel rosy on the comfort of your couch, you’ve got plenty of bottles to choose from. Here are a couple of recommendations with local and Texas ties:
- Llano Estacado 2015 Signature Rosé: One of Texas’ oldest and largest wineries, in Lubbock, has made a Rhone-style rosé with 28 percent Mourvedre, 27 percent Cinsault, 23 percent Grenache, 17 percent Syrah and 5 percent Carignan. According to the winery, it “truly reflects our West Texas terroir… fruity, aromatic, food-friendly or enjoyed on its own on a hot Texas summer afternoon.”
- Love and Hope Rosé: Texas chef Tim Love — who Austinites will know through his downtown restaurant Lonesome Dove — teamed up with California winemaker Austin Hope to produce this bright and refreshing rosé made with Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah grapes. With a bright fruit aroma and notes of tart cherry and tangy tropical fruits, it’s a wine you won’t be able to put down.
- Messina Hof Texas Rosé Sparkling Wine: If you prefer your wine with some bubbles, Messina Hof has released this 2015 vintage as the winery’s first sparkling wine to contain 100 percent Texas grapes (specifically the Blanc du Bois varietal, which is good at creating fresh, versatile wine). According to the winery, the rosé “explodes with delicious red cherry flavor on top of hints of green apple and peach.”
- William Chris Vineyards 2015 Cinsault Rosé: The Hill Country winery is organizing a rosé-centric wine festival in July called the Texas Wine Revolution, so it’s fair to say William Chris has an appreciation for a good pink wine. This one, the winery says, showcases notes of bright berries and cream; you’ll notice “fresh orange, strawberry, and raspberry on the palate with a soft, seductive mouthfeel that Cinsault gives so distinctly.”