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OPINION | BOTTLE SHOTS: 6 imported rosés to enter summer on a high note

by Seth Eli Barlow | April 28, 2021 at 2:13 a.m.

Last week, during the first half of our summer rosé preview, I focused on domestic wines, but now we're diving headfirst into the world's pinkest drink. There are too many imported rosés to count on store shelves, but these are the ones I drink most often.

Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé, $18

Don't let the name scare you away. This Austrian rosé is like drinking cool, rose-scented Alpine air. Made from pinot noir and a handful of native Austrian grapes, including Zweigelt and St. Laurent, this is everything you can ask for from a summer staple: chuggable, gluggable and delicious.

Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris, $19

I'm almost afraid to think about how many bottles I've drunk of this over the past five years. Delicate raspberries, freshly-picked strawberries, tropical citrus fruits — they're all here and then some. In my retail days, this was the bottle I would use to convert customers to rosé. If you've never had a classic French rosé, start here.

La Spinetta Il Rosé di Casanova, $20

An Italian take on the classic French rosés of Provence, this wine is a blend of two local grapes: sangiovese and prugnolo gentile. Together they make a wine that's as charming as it is beautiful. Notes of orange blossom, peach and strawberry dominate, and its almost-copper hue is a standout.

Von Winning Pinot Noir Rosé, $22

One of the only German rosés available in Arkansas, this has been a favorite of mine for years. Made of pinot noir, it shows ripe red fruits and a fun kiwi zestiness that just beg to be drunk on a boat.

Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé, $24

In all of France, there's only one village where the rosés are so storied that it's all the winemakers are permitted to produce: the small, Rhone Valley town of Tavel. Identified by their neon magenta color, these wines are rich and powerful and are as versatile at the dinner table as any lighter-bodied red wine.

Bastide de la Ciselette Bandol Rosé, $30

Bandol is something of the end-all and be-all of French rosé, and bottles from the village's most famous producers can easily carry $60 price tags. No worries, however, you can see what all the hype is about for half the price. This wine is full of the classic Bandol elegance and refinement.

For even more rosés and to find out what wine pairs best with crawfish, check out my Instagram at @sethebarlow or send me your wine questions at [email protected]

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