June 8, 2021

12 delicious, fresh, fruit-filled rosé wines to drink with friends this summer

John Wilson picks a dozen bottles from France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Chile and more

By John Wilson

This summer we will be socialising even more outdoors, providing the weather holds. There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of those sunny days than with a glass of chilled rosé. It’s not all about Provence either. The rest of the wine world also produces an array of delicious, fresh, fruit-filled rosés in all sorts of different styles, some similar to those from Provence, others refreshingly different.

There are rosés from Germany, Romania, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Portugal and other parts of France to consider, as well as one from Provence. I also include here several sparkling pink wines, and a pet nat. So sip your way into summer with these al fresco rosés in the company of a few carefully selected friends.

Remember that some rosé wines are the perfect choice for outdoor dining; serve lighter rosés with salads and grilled seafood, and more full-bodied rosé with richer spicy barbecues as well as chicken and pork.


Rock Angel 2018, Ch d’Esclans, Cotes de Provence
13.5%, €40

From the producers of Whispering Angel, a lightly aromatic, textured wine with peaches, red cherries and a touch of vanilla spice. Very moreish.

Stockists Wines on the Green, D2;; McHughs, D5,; Mitchell & Son, D1, Sandycove; Avoca, Ballsbridge, D4, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, Dunboyne, Co Meath; The Corkscrew, D2; Baggot Street Wines, D4; The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; Worldwide Wines, Waterford; Molloy’s Liquor Stores; Brown Thomas, D2


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