By now, you’ve most certainly gotten a head on start sipping summer’s official drink, but picking a great rosé at a good price isn’t as easy as grabbing the nearest pink bottle off the shelf. Fortunately, sommeliers around the city were happy to share the affordable blush-hued varietals they love. We’ll cheers to that.
LE P’TIT PAYSAN ROSé 2015
We love the crisp, dry 2016 Paper Planes Rosé that Anna Nguyen and Andrew Nelson are pouring at Robin, but it comes in slightly over budget ($28), so Andrew recommends this consistent Central Coast mourvèdre rosé with bright acidity by wizard winemaker Ian Brand instead.
COPAIN TOUS ENSEMBLE NORTH COAST ROSé OF PINOT NOIR 2016
Along with the private label Greek rosé that Charles Bililies sells at Souvla, the restaurateur recommends this beautiful sweet-tart blush rosé from Healdsburg’s beloved Copain Winery.
INCONNU WINE LALALU ROSÉ 2016
Winemaker Laura Bissell makes light, Provençal-style rosés meant for drinking now…like, right now. Foreign Cinema wine director Shannon Tucker likes the Lalalu from Contra Costa County for its balanced acidity and hints of tropical fruits.
$23; Solano Cellars, 1580 Solano Ave., Berkeley; 510-525-9463 or solanocellars.com
GÉRARD BERTRAND CREMANT DE LIMOUX SPARKLING ROSÉ 2014
Limoux, in the southernmost region of France, has been making sparkling wine since the 16th century, so you know this rosé with delicate bubbles and hints of strawberry is legit. The Riddler’s Jen Pelka says it’s a great wine to bring to a party…or for stocking your home bar.
THE WITHERS EL DORADO ROSÉ 2016
Jardinière’s wine director, Alan Murray, likes this mourvèdre-grenache rosé made in the Sierra Foothills. It’s floral, pretty and a dead ringer for a classic Bandol rosé, with just a hint more fruit than its French counterpart.
LIEU DIT WINERY ROSé OF PINOT NOIR 2016
Most red wines from this vineyard cost over $50 a bottle, so this rosé recommended by Robin’s Andrew Nelson is a steal. The pinot noir grapes, which come from one of the top vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills, give this rosé light tannins with flavors of strawberry and watermelon.
$23; Minimo, 420 Third St., Oakland; 510-891-1024 or minimowine.com