As summer begins to take full effect, our palates crave something crisp, dry, cool and delicious to beat the heat, or even the muggy rainy days. The perfect solution? Rosé.
If you missed National Rosé Day, great news: International Rosé Day is today!. Here are some of the top rosés from across BC to help you celebrate International Rosé Day the Canadian way.
Blue Grouse Estate Winery Quill 2019 Rosé
Cowichan’s Blue Grouse Estate Winery uses its sustainable farming practices to create award winning wines from Vancouver Island. The Quill label takes the best of the island and merges it with specially selected Okanagan grapes. The result? The coveted title of Best Island Winery two years running.
Aromas of strawberry and rhubarb, and a fresh lively palate with a slight savoury note. Pairs well with chicken or grilled fish, and a fan favourite, pizza.
$21.99 – winery, private wine stores, and Save-On-Foods
Bizou + Yukon Pinkie Rosé 2018
If you are a Vancouver Mom reader, you might remember that the Top 3 winners in the Vancouver Mom Top 30 Bloggers each received a prize pack of Bizou + Yukon wines. Newly launched, Bizou + Yukon wines are sold online in a mixed case with 4 bottles each of Savvy Gris, Rosé and Savvy Franc. (At the winery you can buy by the bottle.)
The wines get their name from two curious Great Pyrenees who guard the Summerland property they call home. The Pinkie Rosé is a mix of mouth-watering red and white grape varieties and is playful, approachable, and 100% Okanagan flavours of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and peach, with delicious tartness. Pinkie swear you’ll need more than just one glass.
$275 includes taxes and shipping – sold in a mixed case at the winery with 12 unique labels.
BONUS: FREE STORIES To share their wild stories, the two pups have written the Adventures of Bizou + Yukon, available on okanagancrushpad.com. Read these to your kiddos (but pre-screen to make sure that the content isn’t too “big kid” – this is a 19+ winery website after all).
Haywire Gamay Rosé 2018
Haywire is Okanagan Crush Pad winery’s inaugural label, on the scene since 2009. made by lauded winemaker Matt Dumayne, the Haywire Gamay Rosé is a direct reflection of the organic vineyard on Secrest Mountain Vineyard where it is grown: cool, unique, and authentic flavours of strawberries, cherries, peaches, and a hint of citrus.
$22.99 – winery
Narrative Rosé 2018
The Narrative wines tell the story of what is most exciting about the Okanagan Valley viticulture and showcase the complexity of the Okanagan. A hot desert landscape that also gets covered in snow, the extreme nature allows for a short and intense growing season. Narrative wines are lively and represent one of the rarest wine growing regions in the world.
A bone-dry rosé with texture and sensual exciting berry fruits. Fermented naturally in concrete tanks, this rosé also gives off a beautiful herbal complexity. An affordable sipper to quench your rosé thirst.
$19.90 – winery
Route 97 Sparkling 2019
The perfect and affordable BC bubble to enjoy during this summer staycation is Route 97, epitomizing the Okanagan.
Route 97 is a made from 100% Pinot Blanc with a touch of Syrah for colour This bone dry extra brut wine has tropical notes of guava and passionfruit layered with Okanagan herbal savoury complexity. The secondary fermentation in state-of-the-art charmat tanks, with lees stirring and aging has given a richly textured wine; tropical fruit driven with a delicate mousse, finely balanced acidity, and a long finish.
$19.99 – exclusively at BC Liquor Stores
Many Hands Rosé 2018
When we work together towards a common goal, we can accomplish greatness. And this is so true with this beautiful BC rosé that gives back.
Many Hands Rosé is available at Everything Wine locations and online. $1 from every bottle sold (or $12 for every case) will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation, which assists hospitality workers facing financial crisis due to a medical condition.
Made with red and white blends from a variety of prestigious vineyards, the Many Hands Rosé is dry and lively with bright berries. This show-stopper wine’s beautiful label looks and tastes great, and won’t break the bank.
$22.99 – Everything Wine stores
Singletree 2019 Rosé
Singletree Winery is named for the single-harness yoke commonly used in the 1800s. With deep roots in agriculture in BC, the Etsell family is committed to showing the best of BC, with a location in Abbotsford and a location in Naramata. Stop by the tasting room or enjoy a snack and a glass on the patio overlooking Okanagan Lake.
The 2019 rosé is crafted with a blend of Malbec and Syrah, hints of cherries and strawberries, making this a truly refreshing wine. Fermented in stainless steel gives it vibrant aromatics.
$19.48 – winery and Save-on-Foods
We all have someone or something we are thankful for, and this is the wine for that.
Created with Pinot Noir, Gamay and a hint of Muscat for aroma and a sense of sweetness (the wine is dry) the Gratitude Rosé has crisp flavours of strawberries, mandarin oranges, grapefruit. Tastes like Summer.
Sold exclusively at JAK’s stores, the Gratitude rosé is surely something to be thankful for.
$19.98 – JAK’s Beer Wine Spirits stores
Guest post by Leeann Froese, #winelover ambassador and co-owner of Town Hall Brands, a design, marketing and communication agency, who is also a mom and grandma.