The wine of the summer is clearly rosé. Bottles of pink vino are de rigeur in coastal hotspots like the Hamptons and South Beach, festivals have arisen dedicated solely to rosé (La Nuit En Rosé), and people have even coined the term “brosé” to highlight the fact that even manly men are now drinking the stuff.
So, serving rosé at your 4th of July picnic or cookout—at least for the non-beer-drinkers among your gang—seems like a no-brainer. However, with the leap in popularity for dry rosé (as opposed to sweet, sticky white Zinfandel) there has also come a crazy proliferation of rosés on the market. And from recent tastings I can tell you: Not all of them are good. Or even close.
Wine editor that I am, though, I took it upon myself to sort through the oceans of pink plonk and locate some excellent bottles, ideal for this weekend's festivities or beyond.