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The thought of imbibing on rosé year-round once raised eyebrows by the wine elite–it was a sure sign of the amateur wine consumer. But, as with most things, the times they have a-changed. It’s no longer a faux-pas to crack open a bottle of your favorite Provençal rosé in the dead of winter–hey, if you’ve got a fire roaring and a cold rosé in the fridge, and there’s no bubbly lying around, it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in something pink, cool and tasty while cooking up a mid-winter stew. But, winter is gone and…

#MemorialDay weekend is just beginning here in the U.S. In fact, this particular holiday weekend in Napa Valley sees the confluence of one of the best music festivals in all of Northern California–Bottlerock. So whether concert-going, or just gearing up for an epic BBQ, we wanted to share three favorite rosés tasted recently.

The kids at Gamling & McDuck, Gabrielle Shaffer and Adam McClary, consistently punch out delicious wines with attitude and wildly entertaining labels. We’ve featured their “Feral” rosé, a new release–absolutely lush and delectable. And two Italian pink wines–one technically an orange wine and one a dazzling Tuscan rosé. Look: you’ve plenty of time by Monday to stock up, and really, you’ll want to be drinking these all summer long.

Gamling & McDuck

Gamling & McDuck 2015 “Feral Rosé of Cabernet Franc” Napa Valley, USA (BUY: $19.50)
Beautiful deep pink color almost exactly like the flesh of a perfectly ripe watermelon. Vibrant and racy with sweet ripe watermelon and strawberry fruit, a salty, mineral-thread with hints of macadamia nuts and wild, spicy herbs.

Alie

Frescobaldi Alìe Ammiraglia 2014 Rosé, Tuscany, Italy (BUY ONLINE, Avg $10.00)
Salmon pink color, citrus-driven, zesty, loaded with Mediterranean spice that mingles with beautiful strawberry fruit, finishing strong with a salty mineral character that demands sip after sip to quench the thirst. Imported by Folio Wine Partners.

ATTEMS

ATTEMS 2014 Pinot Grigio Ramato, Venezia-Giulia IGT, Italy  (BUY ONLINE, Avg $16.00 )
A rich and complex skin-fermented (technically orange-wine, but we’re folding it into this rosé roundup), that boasts an impressive array of ripe pear, apricot and orange blossom notes. The wine is crisp and refreshing and offers a dazzling mineral component through a lengthy finish. Imported by Folio Wine Partners.

Jonathan Cristaldi is the Editor-in-Chief of NapaValleyWineAcademy.com. Prior to joining the academy, he was the Deputy Editor of two of the largest wine and spirits trade publications in the U.S.: Tasting Panel Magazine and The SOMM Journal. In addition to his work with the Academy, he remains a Contributing Editor to those print publications, and regularly contributes to Vivino.com, Liquor.com and First We Feast. Cristaldi’s work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, Liquid LA, Thrillist, Tasting Table, Time Out LA and Psychology Today. In 2009, living in New York City, he founded TheNobleRot.com. The club’s activities were featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. Cristaldi has appeared on the Cooking Channel and HGTV. He was also named a “Wine Prophet” by Time Out New York. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is enrolled in the WSET Diploma studies program.


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