A Beginners Guide to Picking (& Drinking) Rosé

Rosé all day! (Or like, at least every once in a while.)

For wine lovers, long days and warm sun mean one thing: rosé season. Whether your typically team red or usually opt for white wine, there’s a refreshing rosé you should be drinking on a patio this weekend. As a rosé novice, I employed Heather McDougall, General Manager and Sommelier at Toronto’s Montecito Restaurant, to help guide me through summer’s prettiest drink. 

“I’ve been on the rosé train for as long as I’ve been selling wine,” Heather says, “and I’m so happy that the fantastic pink drink is finally getting the recognition it deserves. I’ve heard the resistance from my customers, “all rosés are too sweet” or “rosé has no flavour”. Luckily for them (and for all you doubters out there) it’s ok to be wrong! With rosé, like anything really, there is a tool for every job. From light and wispy to full and voluptuous, there really is a rosé for everyone’s taste buds. All you need is an open mind.”

If you’re on the quest for dryness or just don’t know where to start, start with the classics. Heather’s recommendation: Southern France. From the Côtes de Provence to Bandol, there are many delicious stops you can discover along the way.