There's a pink wine for every occasion, from paler-than-pale options perfect with long summer dinners, to gorgeous sparkling versions for celebrating, to cans that let you rosé any way, anywhere. Read on for our pink picks...
She's juicy. She's fresh. She's fruity. She's Madame F. This vegan rosé was created in collaboration with charity Queer Britain to support the country's first LGBTQ+ museum, and it's a banger. Made with Grenache and Syrah grapes, this one's all about big berry flavours - think strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, all drizzled with honey. YUM. And for under a tenner, it's great value, too.
Bowl Grabber is a brand that's all about ditching the pretentiousness around wine and just enjoying it. That's a mission we can get behind, especially when the wines are this easy-drinking. We dig the rosé in particular - pale as a Victorian child and mega-refreshing, with zesty tangerine notes. We'll take ours with an ice cube, preferably by a pool in Provence (the wine does hail from the Côte de Azur, after all).
English gin maker Bullards has gotten in on the sparkling rosé game, and its pink fizz makes us feel like we're living our best Bridgerton life. It's a blend of Seyval Blanc, Auxerrois and Pinot Noir grapes from Sussex - dry, light and fruity, with strawberry and raspberry sorbet vibes and a lovely bit of lemon on the finish. Brb, donning a Regency gown.
Toasting a special occasion? Raise a glass of this sparkling rosé from Hampshire-based producer Exton Park. To make RB 23, Exton Park winemaker Corinne Seely creates a blend from the winery's massive library of reserve wines, built up since 2011 ("RB" stands for "reserve blend", FYI). With lush floral notes giving way to juicy white peach and strawberry, it's the perfect bottle to pop when ya wanna impress.
For a posh take on tinnies, check out Banks Brothers' bangin' canned wines. They're the latest from Tommy and James Banks, the fine-dining duo behind Yorkshire restaurants The Black Swan and Roots, and they're all about highlighting independent winemakers. The rosé is seriously good juice, with lots of fruity berry flavours and a distinct note of white pepper to shake things up.
£18 for three cans, banksbrothers.co.uk
Off the booze? You can still get your rosé on thanks to Wild Idol. We've tried our fair share of non-alcoholic wines, and this is one of the few that really does the trick. Lush fizzy texture? Check. Red-berry notes? Check. Finish that's not afraid to pull up a chair and stay awhile? Check. Just further proof that ya don't have to be on the sauce to enjoy some big flavours.
By Kate Malczewski
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