With summer heating up and June’s Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival right around the corner, Justin Kemp, at Varmax Liquor Pantry, talked to us about which rosés to watch for this summer — before, after, and during the festival.
Fair enough, Whispering Angel is a big seller. And yet, the wine has merits, says Kemp. It’s classic, crisp, and this year rounded with a nice, firm texture. There are plenty of strawberry and raspberry tones, as is typical of Provence, and there’s a nice floral note and a hint of minerality. $19.99
Domaines Ott is one of those Provencal rosés by which most high-end rosés are judged. It comes in an elegant bottle. It’s pale pink, light on the palate and light in tanins. And, for Kemp, there’s the texture: it’s airy and light and exceptionally pleasant. $45.99
We leave Provence with this wine and head instead to Liguria, in northwest Italy. Made from the Italian red grape vermentino nero this rosé is heavier in texture and features a serious layer of minerality. There’s substantial strawberry and earthiness, and almost a baking spice note to it, too. $17.99
Made from cabernet sauvignon in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, this rosé is slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is slightly heavier, it has intense fruit, and there’s a bit of gooseberry or grapefruit that gives it a tropical note, and also prevents the wine from being fully sweet. $12.99
Think the Sancerre region of France and your mind typically turns to sauvignon blanc, and yet the region grows red grapes as well. In this case, pinot noir becomes a layered rosé full of soft tanins. It’s also light and fruity—without being bitter—silky, and has a long lingering finish. $19.99