Best local rosé wines for the holidays
Rosé wines have come along way since white zinfandel. I remember it as a holiday tradition at family get-togethers when I was young. Today’s Paso Robles’ rosés are sophisticated and delicious.
These Paso Robles rosé wines will pair well with lighter fare, appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped melon, smoked salmon and deviled eggs. They will also go well with baked ham, pork tenderloin and white meat of roasted turkey. For all the holiday chefs out there, consider enjoying rosé wines yourself as your prepare holiday meals. Remember to serve them chilled. Enjoy!
Top Paso Robles rosé wines for the holidays
Asuncion Ridge 2017 Rosé – $25
This delicious rosé offers flavors of strawberries and blood orange with a peach, watermelon, & yellow cherry finish. Only 100 cases produced.
Bushong 2017 Pretty in Pink Rosé – $23
This syrah rosé a perfect holiday party starter. It offers a nose of dried apple, juicy watermelon, and finishes with a touch of blood orange. It will pair well with appetizers and the main course.
Diablo Paso 2017 Rosé Sin Pecado – $28
This delicious pink wine is made from 92%-percent garnacha with a splash of tempranillo albariño. The grapes began with a cold soak for 24 hours in the skins of garnacha plus a signee-bleed for cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks. This is a delicately fresh wine with light fruit aromas and lingering flavors of cherries, watermelon and strawberries.
LaZarre 2017 Vin Gris – $20
This is a Santa Barbara County rose of pinot noir. It offers pretty notes of strawberry, pomegranate, and marzipan on the nose. On the palate, taste red fruit compote suspended by a bright thread of acidity that carry the flavors well into the finish.
LXV 2017 Heart Note Rosé – $29
Visually, this rose is striking, like translucent saffron. The nose presents layered notes of hibiscus, pomegranate, and passion fruit. On the palate, succulent hints of bing cherry, persimmon, and spice emerge. It’s dry and crisp with a refreshing burst of acidity.
Pelletiere Estate 2017 Mayson Rosé – $32
With vibrant watermelon hues and summer citrus aromas, the 2017 Mayson rosé has a day and night allure. Its finish lingers, with the sweetness of fresh-picked strawberries making it perfectly crisp and refreshing. It’s a perfect wine for any holiday party.
Penman Springs 2017 Rosé – $20
This pink is a blend of 74-percent petite syrah and 26-percent syrah, The aromas of cherries will hit your senses. This rosé will coat your palate with hints of green apple, a creamy texture, and a silky finish. This will pair well with turkey and all your sides for Thanksgiving.
Riverstar Vineyards 2017 Rosé – $22
This pink will be great for the holidays. Your taste buds will be hit with notes of strawberry and sour raspberry as it hits your pallet. The floral aromas add to this lovely rose. This is a great wine to start your holiday party or paired with a charcuterie platter of meats, fruits, and cheeses.
Victor Hugo Les Mis 2017 Estate Rosé – $16
This rosé is a great value! It has aromas of ripe strawberries and citrus. It’s smooth, while still having a bright tang. It will pair well with a cool chicken salad and other light finger foods.
Vina Robles 2017 Rosé – $16
This syrah rosé from their Huerhuero Vineyard is packed with flavor and a great value. The aroma of ripe plum with hints of cranberry and honey give it a refreshing taste. Chilled its best way to drink it. It will pair well with pork and light chicken dishes. It even goes well with smoked salmon.
Vista Del Rey 2017 Playa Del Zin Rosé – $20
Red zinfandel free run juice was drained off and fermented in neutral oak barrels. It’s a bright, vibrant, dry relaxing wine.
Paso Robles wine recommendations
• Best local sparkling wines for the holidays
• Best local rosé wines for the holidays
• Best local white wines for the holidays
• Best local Spanish-style wines for the holidays
• Best local pinot noir wines for the holidays
• Best local zinfandel and Italian-style wines for the holidays
• Best local cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-style wines for the holidays
• Best local Rhone-style red wines for the holidays
• Best local dessert wines for the holidays
Publisher’s note: For the fifth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.