The wine that epitomizes summer for me is rosé. It just looks, smells, and tastes like long, lazy days and beautiful beach sunsets. Everyone is doing rosé now, from your favorite vintner to wine stores providing more rosé shelf space. And today, the wines don’t just hail from Tavel or Provence; they’re produced worldwide in a variety of hues and interesting grapes, from cinsault to grenache. I love the Italian style called rosato, the Spanish style called rosado, as well as anything sparkling. The wine’s light, dry drinking style pairs beautifully with just about any food. I love a mid-afternoon glass with salad, grilled fish tacos, or just some chips and salsa. It’s also my beach wine of choice—perfect with a burger from the beach stands at Salt Creek or Calafia.
Because rosé comes in so many styles, hues, and varietals, make it your summer mission to experiment and travel the world via a bottle! Here are few pink opportunities that caught my eye locally:
A Market in Newport Beach is on my radar lately purely because of its Instagram feed. Every picture has me longing to be there. Next Wednesday, June 14, is a splendid tasting of “Rosé from Around the World,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For $25, you’ll enjoy Lallier Brut Rose NV, Champagne, France; AIX Coteaux D’Aix En Provence Rosé 2016, Provence; Nervi Rosato di Nebbiolo Rosa 2015, Piedmont, Italy; Casa Do Valle Rosado 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal; and Brick & Mortar Rosé 2016, Sonoma Coast. Snag your spot at this limited-seating tasting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 3400 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.
Cucina Enoteca at the Irvine Spectrum has dubbed it a “Summer of Pink,” with a beautiful array of rosés selected by beverage director Augusto Ferrarese and antipasti pairings by chef de cuisine Tony Trujillo. Anticipated pours include Tenuta Ammiraglia, an ’alìe’ rosé of syrah and vermentino from Tuscany, and the Anderson Valley Long Meadow Ranch’s rosé of pinot noir. Happiness for me is a glass of Armas de Guerra, rosado mencia from Bierzo, Spain, enjoyed al fresco on the ambient Cucina Enoteca deck. There are plenty more rosé selections, and they may change over the summer months, smartly ensuring returning wine lovers. 532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine.
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine is touting a rosé snow cone for the summer. Though I’m not one for ice in my wine, I gotta try this one, which features the restaurant’s rosé of choice, Lillet syrup, and crushed ice. Paired with Andrei’s lamb burger, I’m a happy camper. 2607 Main St., Irvine.