Any day now, the clouds will part, the fog will lift and the sun will warm the city. And that means it’s rosé time.
We asked a few local sommeliers and winemakers for their recommendations. Here’s what they’re drinking:
2013 Unti Grenache Rosé ($23) Shelley Lindgren of A16 loves this Dry Creek Valley wine. It’s light and delicate with notes of raspberry and strawberry. Pair it with a beet-and-arugula salad.
2013 County Line Rosé ($20) The wine director at Acquerello and 1760, Gianpaolo Paterlini, is sipping this light-pink Anderson Valley vino. With hints of citrus against a floral backdrop, this one’s best with oysters at Hog Island.
2013 Bink Lumineux ($18) Named after the French word for “bright,” this rosé from the Yorkville Highlands is crisp with a tropical guava flavor. Winemaker Deb Schatzlein drinks it with Dungeness crab cakes.
2012 Heitz Cellar Grignolino ($19) John Wight, wine director at Luce, calls this a complex and serious rosé. The strawberry fruit nose finishes with deceptively dry tannins, earthy minerality and white pepper. Try it with beef carpaccio.
2013 Lula Cellars Rosato ($20) Crisp and bursting with ripe strawberry and watermelon, this one’s our personal favorite. It’s a crowd-pleaser (even with men!) and winemaker Jeff Hansen suggests sipping it with bruschetta and grilled prawns.