Rosé Day?! We’ll Drink to That!
Pouring pink for your big day (or shower or bachelor/ette party)? Sure, Oregon may be best known for its prized pinot noirs, but beyond the bottles of red, an array of local pink wines await your wedded bliss. As food-friendly a wine as they come (chicken, fish, farro, or steak—rosés are a chameleon on the table), often lower in alcohol (yes, we will have a second—make that a third—glass, thank you very much), and served with a frosty chill that’s perfect for cooling down these warm summer nights (don’t even get us started on frosé), when it comes to nuptial-ready vino, rosé hits the spot. And with National Rosé Day upon us, we took it upon ourselves to pour over a number of blush-toned beauties made around our great state—here are a few of our favorites.
Looking for a fancy bottle of bubbles to pop for your big-day toast? This salmon-hued stunner is it. Stoller’s first sparkling wine, this rosé of pinot noir was worth the wait (much like your beloved partner, we’re sure)—it’s light and refreshing with a balance between fresh berry flavors and a tongue-tingling acidity, all wrapped up in a fun, celebratory sparkle. Oh, and did you know it isn’t necessarily frowned upon for the couple to open one bottle of bubbles for themselves and something separate for guests? We promise not to tell if you decide you don’t want to share.
Urban winemaking at its best, we love everything made by this Portland-based vintner (in fact, if you haven’t totally settled on reception/shower/rehearsal dinner locales, check out its sister company, the SE Wine Collective). Focused, yet fun, this bottle boasts a big minerality that will have all the wine geeks in your group begging for more (way to wow them with your impeccable tastes!).
Sparkling pink wine in a can, where have you been all our lives? Boozy bridal brunches, bachelor/ette trips to the Coast, or simply something to sip while planning your dance playlist with your ‘maids and ‘men—we think any time is a good time to pop the top on this pink blend of pinot noir and chardonnay from Union Wine Company.
There’s more to Oregon than pinot noir—just ask Herb Quady of Southern Oregon’s Quady North winery. His pink blend of Syrah, grenache, and mourvèdre, grown in Oregon’s Applegate and Rogue valleys, is a robust option for couples who want a bit more oomph (partial whole-cluster fermentation also lends to the lush body). Plus, we can see the bottle’s artsy label in your wedding photos already.
OK, so technically this bottle would be considered an “orange” wine (a style of winemaking in which white wine grapes are fermented on their skins, resulting in wines with a range of copper-colored hues) rather than a rosé, but nonetheless, we’re in love. Made in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with fruit grown in Washington’s Columbia Gorge AVA, it’s as rare and unique as the love you and your partner share (especially when sharing a bottle of wine…).