With a meteoric rise in sales and clever pop culture co-opting, more drinkers than ever are delighting in the range of hues and flavors of rosé.
With popular slogans like Team Rosé. Rosé all day and Slay then Rosé, the pink treat that has pleased the palates of discerning wine drinkers and Europeans for generations is enjoying phenomenal success on today’s wine scene. With a meteoric rise in sales and clever pop culture co-opting, more drinkers than ever are delighting in the range of hues and flavors of rosé.
Quick lesson: Rosé can be made in one of three ways, by maceration, or leaving juice in contact with the skins of red grapes, the saignée method, where red wine is “bled off” and used to make a rosé, or by blending red wine juice with white wine juice to dye the wine pink. Rosés can vary in color from pale salmon to a rich pinkish-red, while dominant flavors and aromas include strawberry, cranberry, melon, citrus, and rose petal.
Kicking off its fourth year on Saturday, June 9, people are celebrating National Rosé Day — the ancient wine style (it dates back to 600 BC) — with gusto around San Diego County. Here are some great places around town to get your rosé fix this year.
Provisional Kitchen and Fifth & Rose
Head down to the Gaslamp for two opportunities to get pinky. Provisional Kitchen will be offering specials on both rosé by the glass and bottle along with specials on tokens for their Möet & Chandon Champagne vending machine which will be “taken over by rosé.” Then head to the appropriately monikered Fifth & Rose, where rosé will be flowing all day to the tunes of live music.
Celebrate the San Diego sunshine and our pinkish sunsets with a frozen treat this holiday. The festive Rosé Slushie is made with You & Yours Sunday gin, rosé, cocchi rosa, campari, and lemon ($11, $7 during happy hour).
4130 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.501.6404, hundredproofsd.com
Frost Me Café & Bakery
Indulge in a little (or a lot) of pink along with a mouthwatering selection of cupcakes, pastries, cakes, tarts and pies from champions of Food Network’s Cupcake War. Nestled in the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy, Frost Me offers $2 off all glasses of rosé on Saturday, June 9. Choose from Santa Julia Brut Rosé from Argentina, Bertrands Elegance Rosé and Monte Gravet Rosé from France.
555 W. Date St., 619.287.2253, facebook.com/frostmegourmet
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn
If there’s one wine that screams poolside, it’s rosé. Treat yourself with a bit of luxury and a dip at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo’s pool while sipping on their seasonal Frosé cocktail. This summertime favorite is crafted with a sorbet-based infusion of dry French rosé and simple syrup, served in a martini glass and topped with edible florals ($12).
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo, 855.699.3174, ranchobernardoinn.com/spa
Rein Poolside Retreat at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
While it’s not technically on National Rosé Day, extend the holiday through the weekend with Rosé Sundays at Rein. Hosted every Sunday through Oct. 28, you can’t beat endless rosé and crudité for $30. Located at the resort’s adults-only pool, Rein Poolside Retreat is a wellness-inspired pool bar, with cabanas, handcrafted cocktails, and both innovative and classic dishes from The Pony Room. Hello staycation idea!
5921 Valencia Cir,, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123, ranchovalencia.com/spa/rein-spa-bar
The Smoking Goat
For National Rosé Day (and all summer long!), this North Park gem is offering up $5 rosé flights under their French rosé program. Ooh la la.
3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295, thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com