Is it Wine O’Clock Yet? I’m no sommelier but I have dedicated a lot of time developing my professional wine knowledge. I’ve grown a lot since the days of “This one tastes like wine – oh yes, this one tastes like wine too”. Working over the years with sales reps and developing wine lists for restaurants, I’ve come to appreciate the silly intricacies of the wine tasting process. Don’t knock it until you try it…a few hundred times. Eventually you forget to feel embarrassed by all the huffing and slurping going on and begin to catch all the bouquets of aromas and tastes on the palette those wine tasting notes are always going on about. Wine folly has a simple guide for the 4 step process of wine tasting so you can be sniffing and sipping like a pro in no time. Then show off your skillz by throwing an impressive Wine Tasting Party for all your friends!
Rosé wines are perfect for a tasting party because there are so many different styles to try. Bold & Savory or Fruit Forward, any wine drinker can discover a bottle that will please their palate.
Wine Tasting Party Basics:
- Choose your wines – make sure there is some common theme, like the same region or varietal. Pick at least 2 all the way up to 6 or so different options. I look for bottles less than $15 so that I don’t have to break the bank! You can pour a half glass for each tasting, so figure 1 bottle for every four guests will leave you some left over for a second taste.
- Prepare light snacks – keep it simple and stay away from bold flavors that will overpower the wines. Fruits and cheeses are perfect – especially if you know how to pair them with your wines! My go to that wows the crowd without the effort – mini phyllo tarts. Make sure you have plenty of water to cleanse the palate and keep your guests standing upright!
- Use my Rosé All Day Wine Tasting Placemats to set your table! Place your tasting glasses on the circles and your guests have a space under each wine to take notes as they sip. It is also helpful to provide some info about each wine for guests to reference. Click here for some extra Rosé knowledge you can wow your guests with.
If you are looking for wine inspiration, try out my picks below! We had so much fun sipping #roséallday at my tasting party. Leave a comment if you try these babies out – or let me know some of your favorites!
Yes Way Rosé – France
$11.99 at Fine Wines & Good Spirits
Grenache-based classic Provençal style rosé with an elegant bouquet of strawberry, citrus, and stone fruit. Pairs well with grilled seafood, cheese & charcuterie & spicy foods.
Granache = fruity style ; Provence = fruity & lean style
This wine was definitely acidic, like most provencal, granache-based wines will be. Wine Folly says there may be a salty minerality on the palate, which I actually did catch. I thought it was much more floral tasting than fruity. For sure a nice, crisp wine to pair with any food – I’m thinking cold seafood dishes with some asian spices.
Cute peachy-pink color and chic label design – the perfect girly wine bottle for a rose gold themed event. I’m obsessed with this brand’s website and merchandise. Not all wines have their own site and you can only get info from third party reviews or the state store. I’m a sucker for good marketing and these founding ladies have it down. I did not even hesitate snatching up this cute as hell sweatshirt to sip in and I’m about to cave on their fashionable book for my coffee table!
Little Black Dress Rosé – Mendocino County CA
$11.99 at Fine Wines & Good Spirits
Vivid salmon pink color with aromas of white peach, strawberry and subtle tropical fruit overlaying accents of crisp grapefruit and red apple. Crisp acidity and a hint a minerality give it food friendly versatility.
Pinot Noir – Delicately fruity style
Subtle aromas of crabapple, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries and wet stone (Ahhh yes, I love the aroma of wet stone in my glass). Bright acidity, crisp & dry.
The red apple accents were BOLD for me. Imagine the taste of the apple skin, how it can leave that bitterness on your tongue. That hung on my palate in a really cool way!
This wine has another enticingly feminine label but unfortunately no sexy website with cute merchandise to go along with it. On the bright side, I have heard nice things about their other varietals, so I am interested to try!
Natura Rosé – Chile
$ 11.99 at Fine Wines & Good Spirits
Dry rose blend of Merlot, Cabernet & Syrah grapes. Bright light pink. Bouquet of Intense fruity aromas, such as cherry and black currant. Good body, silky and elegant on the palate. Tremendously fresh, fruity, and balanced. Delicate and easy to drink.
Cabernet & Syrah – Savory style
Bold flavor should be served slightly warmer than fridge temperature.
You had me at ‘organically grown grapes’. I really liked the flavor of this one as well, fruity but also complex – but I couldn’t catch any specific fruit flavors. I am not sure if I tasted that it was savory in a way that the others were not…
Another beautiful label and a website with downloadable product info which is really helpful for hosting a wine tasting party. It is also very cool that this wine is from Chile, I don’t see that as often!
Gazela Rosé – Portugal
$9.99 – ON SALE! for $7.99 at Fine Wines & Good Spirits
Raspberry pink in color, with a slight prickle of fizz that emphasizes its bouquet of red fruits (strawberries) and tropical fruits (banana). It the mouth it is lively and fresh, intense in flavor and well balanced, the overall impression being of lightness and freshness, with an elegant finish.
Vinho Verde- Sweet Style
Fruity & juicy with ample acidity
I caught the banana flavor like a hungry monkey! Not as sweet as some other Vino Verdes I am familiar with, which is actually really nice! The color was very distinct – much deeper than the other rosés. I LOVE vinho verdes so when I saw this rose version, I knew I had to try it. The ones I’ve come across have a light sweetness but their crisp acidity keeps it from getting sickeningly sweet like some Moscatos. The effervescence gives it some extra class without the price tag – this ‘ish is always CHEAP! Don’t let the cost fool you – these wines are super valuable and prestigious. I love learning the story behind a wine just as much as I enjoy drinking it. Learn more about this hidden gem here.
Now Swirl, Sniff & Sip these rosés and let me know what you think! Comment Below and share with friends!
Coming Up Next: Take your wine tasting to go with some fun travel sized rosés at a portable picnic party!