Pretty (delicious) in Pink

The 2019 Guide to PNW Rosé Wine

It’s that time of year again when pink reigns supreme, from sun-kissed cheeks and blushing sunsets to everybody’s favorite summer wine trend. Winemakers unleashed their new vintages of blushing wines in late spring, showcasing them at events during May like “Drink Pink” held at Novelty Hill-Januik in Woodinville, Rosé Revival at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, and the Jet City Rosé Experience in Seattle.

Because rosé is not aged in oak barrels, it is one of the least expensive wines for a winemaker to produce — it can be made, bottled, and sold within a few months. That’s why you should never pay more than $30 for a rosé — more expensive does not necessarily mean better quality when it comes to rosé.

Novelty Hill-Januik

 

2018 Spring Run Rosé
(Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre)

Columbia Valley; $18

Fruity with pomegranate and a
dash of spice.

Stoller Family Estate

 

2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

Willamette Valley; $25

Strawberry-kiwi with Rainier cherries and
stone fruit on the palate.

II Vintners

 

2018 Have a Nice Day Rosé
(Grenache, Cinsaut) 

Columbia Valley; $25

Light-bodied and crisp with
pink grapefruit and strawberries.

Forgeron Cellars

 

2018 Pink Rabbits Rosé of Syrah

Columbia Valley; $25

Strawberry and raspberry with a
zesty finish.

Love That Red

 

2018 Love That Rosé (GSM)

Columbia Valley; $20

Pink grapefruit, clean and full of zip. 

Tertulia Cellars

 

2018 Tempranillo Rosé

Walla Walla Valley; $20

A red fruit jubilee with cherries
and strawberries.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

 

2018 Rosé

Columbia Valley; $15

Fruity with watermelon and raspberry,
but dry and crisp on the finish.

WillaKenzie Estate

 

2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley; $28

Passionfruit and zested grapefruit with minerality and luscious mouth feel.

Patterson Cellars

 

2018 Rosé of Cabernet Franc

Yakima Valley; $22

Dry and balanced with strawberries
and roses.

Long Shadows Vintners

 

2018 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé of Pinot Gris

Columbia Valley; $18

Orange blossoms, strawberries, ripe melon, off-dry finish.

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