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A Sip Of Summer: Five Rosé Wines From Around The World

Welcome summer with a glass of one of these elegant rosés from winemakers in Mexico, New Zealand and more.

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Two people cheering.

Vincenzo Landino
Sophie Jacquier

Nothing spells summer quite like a cool glass of rosé on a hot day. From sweet hints of red berries to fresh notes of lemon, rosé is the perfect wine to sip with French cheese or Spanish tapas.

Here's a roundup of the best rosés from around the world to celebrate — responsibly! — the arrival of summer.

🇲🇽 “El Vino El Rosé”: Mexico’s pink power at work

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el VINO rosé with its colorful label designed by Marrakech based artist and ceramicist LRNCE.

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Women-owned winery el VINO’s El Rosé is the perfect wine to sip by the pool, with its fresh taste of peach, jasmine and lemon tea. The colorful label, designed by internationally renowned Marrakesh-based artist and ceramicist LRNCE, is the ideal touch of color for a summer-night table!

Launched in summer 2021 by a group of four friends (Daniela Vargas Dieppa, Ramya Giangola, Sofia Ajodan and Jessica Flesh), el VINO wines are produced in the Mexican region of Baja California, resulting in floral and herbaceous vintages.

🇫🇷 “La Chapelle Gordonne”: Provence in a bottle

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A bottle of La Chapelle Gordonne rosé.

Château La Gordonne/Instagram

French rosé always ticks all the boxes, but this La Chapelle Gordonne organic rosé from the southern region of Provence is a “true gourmet rosé,” as French daily newspaper Le Figaro points out. Light pink, with hints of strawberry, white cherries and grapefruit, this delicate rosé fits perfectly with a fresh seafood platter or a chicken-based recipe.

Located near the small town of Pierrefeu-du-Var, the 330-hectare wine estate (one of the largest in the region) has a wide variety of grapes, such as Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, typical of Provence.

🇺🇸 “Tribute To Grace”: from California, with a New Zealand twist

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Angela Osborne and her 2022 Rosé of Grenache.

A Tribute To Grace/Instagram

Meet Angela Osborne. The New-Zealand native winemaker founded her company in 2006 to focus on Grenache wine grapes. She settled in the heart of California’s Santa Barbara County, after debating setting up shop in France, Spain or Australia.

Aged for 13 weeks in stainless steel tanks, her A Tribute To Grace Rosé of Grenache 2022 is a well-balanced wine that brings tastes of anise, white flowers and strawberry rhubarb.

🇮🇹 “Tenuta delle Terre Nere”: a volcanic wine from Mount Etna

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A bottle of the Etna Rosato from 2021.

Tenuta delle Terre Nere website

The Etna Rosato is produced in the volcanic terroir of Mount Etna, creating “a wine that manages to combine elegance and power,” as Italian daily La Repubblica writes. This rosé is made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, which grows on Etna's northern volcanic slope, about 600 to 900 meters above sea level. A fruity mix with notes of ripe cherry and strawberry, this rosé is great for apéritifs, alongside cheese, bread and olives!

The first year of production of the Tenuta delle Terre Nere vineyard dates back to 2002. The owner, Marco De Grazia, knows every terrace and slope of his unique estate.

🇪🇸 “Viña Real Rosado”: a historic winery over 5 generations

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A bottle of Viña Real rosé.

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España website.

The Viña Real rosé from Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) offers fruity notes with hints of peach, apricot and red fruit, creating an “elegant aromatic complexity,” says Spanish daily Las Provincias. Made from Garnacha, Tempranillo and Viura grapes harvested in Rioja Alavesa, Spain, this light pink rosé is a great match with salmon or veggie-based meals.

CVNE was founded in 1879, with seven different wineries, including Viña Real that dates back to the 1920s. Since its creation, the same family has run the winery for over five generations. Located in Northern Spain, along the banks of the River Ebro, the Rioja region is Spain’s top wine region.

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Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

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Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

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”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

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