In celebration of national rosé month this June, we asked local sommeliers and wine directors to recommend their top picks
1. Nichol Vineyard – Pinot Gris 2016
Laura Starr, Sommelier, Chambar
Why: “Beautifully salmon in colour, this amazing B.C. vino is actually made with a white grape, but Pinot Gris has a really funky, pink-grey hue, hence the cool colour. You will be hooked at first sip, with a textural body, and bright, ripe orchard fruit, followed by persistent and zippy acidity. This is the definition of crushable.”
Where to buy: It can be ordered direct from the winery or can be purchased at private wine stores.
2. Unsworth Vineyards – Pinot Noir Rose 2016
Lisa Haley, Wine Director, L’Abattoir
Where to buy: It can be ordered direct from the winery by the case or can be purchased at private wine stores.
3. Sea Star Vineyards – Blanc de Noir
Claire Saksun, Sommelier, Royal Dinette
Why: “I am a huge fan of this Pinot Noir rosé from Sea Star on Pender Island. I really think it is the perfect dry rosé for summer. It’s so alive and vibrant. It’s got this tart raspberry-rhubarb-pie quality and a unique sea breeze minerality, which really brings you to Pender Island with every sip even if you are no where near the beach! I like to pair this wine with fresh seafood, like crab or oysters, but you could drink this wine with almost any course because is it so tasty.”
Where to buy: You can find it at private liquor stores in the city, like Legacy or New District.
4. Black Hills Estate Winery – Rosé
Stephen Whiteside, Beverage Director, Aburi Restaurants (Miku/Minami)
Where to buy: You can find it at select private liquor stores and at the winery itself.
5. Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard – Cabernet Franc Rosé 2015
Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge VineyardPat Allan, Co-owner/Sommelier, The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar
Why: “This wine has a hint of light rose petal with a rich mouth feel to it. On the nose, there are strawberry and cranberry aromas, leading to flavours of wild strawberry with a hint of peach. The finish is dry and refreshing—it reminds me of a Provence rosé. This is a perfect rosé for patio-sipping.”
Where to buy: Available at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar by the glass and at select private liquor stores.
6. Vancouver Urban Winery – 2016 Rosé
Vancouver Urban WineryDavid Stansfield, Wine Director, Vancouver Urban Winery
Why: “Rosé is my deserted island wine. It's all I want, all the time. The latest vintage from Vancouver Urban Winery, a purpose-grown pink wine from a single vineyard in Osoyoos, is ideal for days and nights on the beach.”
Where to buy: Exclusively available at Vancouver Urban Winery, The Settlement Building (55 Dunlevy Avenue)