Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, June 22 2017

Top 10: Fresh Local Rosés

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
All the BC rosés we've tasted this year.

There's something about summer that makes us drink pink.

Don't get me wrong - I love drinking rosé wines year round, though there is little better than sitting in the warm summer sunlight enjoying a refreshing glass of crisp, dry rosé. Think Pink. Rosés really are the best of both wine worlds, especially when it comes to pairing them with food. A rainbow spectrum of hues aside, the versatility of these wines is a huge part of their appeal. You have the freshness, acidity and best food-friendliness of white wines, with the structure, berry fruit, tannins and best food-friendliness of red wines.

The Rosé category has grown worldwide, and thankfully BC winemakers are paying attention. After a simple, sweet and confected start to pink wines, many local producers are starting to embrace dry, finessed and grown up rosés, paler in hue and lighter in form. It’s a perfect fit, twinning our province’s warmth and fruit ripeness with our fresh acidity to achieve an ideal pink to drink. We've tasted more than 30 BC rosés this year, with top examples dry or just off-dry, fruit kissed and bright, balanced with a vein of acidity.

We're raising a glass to the start of summer by expanding our weekly Top 10. Here are all of the BC rosés we've tried to date in 2017.

Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.