The best California roses this season
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.