RosÃ© is the comeback kid of the wine world. The erstwhile love potion of ’60s swingers, rosÃ© became as uncool as a Nehru jacket in the decades that followed. Lately, though, the pink drink seems to be popping up everywhere.
Like the retooled Volkswagen Beetle, rosÃ© is reclaiming its reputation in a new guise. Gone—or at least mostly forgotten—are the sickeningly sweet concoctions that once held sway in the U.S. market. Taking their place are dry yet bracingly fresh wines that are worthy of serious attention. Not too serious, though. RosÃ© remains the quintessential summer sipper, perfectly at home on the patio or poolside.
Dry rosÃ©s are as much a part of life in France’s Provencal region as lavender. Mas de Gourgonnier, one of 70 or so rosÃ©s on the racks at Solo Vino, hails from the village of Mouries, renowned for its olive oil (which the winery also produces). Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc, and a smattering of other grapes—all organically grown—this rosÃ© has a dazzling coppery-pink color and bursts with flavors of strawberries and spice. Now that’s far out.