Everyone’s drinking pink today: Rosé consumption in the U.S. has quadrupled in the past five years. For one, the color shows up much better than white or red on Instagram. Still, there’s an ocean of mediocrity afloat and most rosés that you’re likely to encounter are to be avoided. These three, however, are conspicuous exceptions.
Château d’Aqueria, Tavel, Rhone Valley, 2017
Tavel has long been considered among the royalty of French rosé. This grenache-based estate bottle—a winner by one vote in a recent blind tasting involving 16 wines—has a coral color so deep that it might freak out some people. With flowery, delicate spice notes and a dash of wild strawberry, it’s great with smoked fish or charcuterie.
$20, Whole Foods
Susana Balbo Rosé, Valle del Uco, 2017
Susana Balbo remains one of the handful of true Argentine winemaking stars and she’s still at the top of her game. This cherry-scented, slightly fuller-bodied rosé is bright and lively, but with a smooth texture. This wine is all about succulent red fruits on the palate and finishes with a crisp, tart, lingering lemon peel note—it’s lovely with gazpacho.
$18, Wine Emporium
Pratsch, Rosé of Zweigelt, Niederösterreich, 2017
Austria? Who knew? The Pratsch family follows organic grape-growing practices and this low-key option features a charming pale pink color and is made from one of my favorite underground lighter-style red grapes, zweigelt. The herb-scented aroma is floral and watermelon-like, and on the palate you’ll notice some spritzy tangerine-like juiciness. Enjoy this bottle with tomato burrata salad.
$15, Urban Grape
Sandy Block is a master of wine and the vice president of beverage operations for Legal Sea Foods.