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summer rose wine

5 Top Summer Rose Wines To Drink This Season

It’s that time of year again.  We’re in the full swing of summer, and what does that mean for wine lovers? It’s the season of rosé!  Upgrade your time by the pool or basking in the sun with a glass of this summer nectar in your hand.  We’ve already covered  affordable dry white wine, so it’s only fair for rose to have it’s own spotlight.  There are so many choices on the market, so how can you narrow it down?  We’ve compiled a list of summer rosé wine you’ll want to try for your next outdoor party.  Keep reading to find excellent wines that will complement any hot and sunny day.

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Let’s kick it off with a name that doesn’t quite scream rosé but still boasts great taste: Hogwash.  This California wine was originally created for a pig roast and it took off from there.  If the name doesn’t get your attention, the aromas will: rose petal, cherry, and pink grapefruit.  The raspberry and strawberry flavors make this a refreshing and easy-to-sip drink for your next dinner on the grill.

Castano Monastrell

Add an international touch to your cookout with the Castano Monastrell Rosé from Spain.  Fresh red fruit like cherry and strawberry will hit your nose before the smooth and bright finish.  The Castano family has an extensive history of wine-making and still harvests the grapes entirely by hand.  For their old school winery processes, Castano deserves respect as they continue to make such an excellent rosé.  Because it’s a young rosé wine, it’s easy to sip and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as well as a conversation starter, for any lovers of fruity wine.

Layer Cake Rosé of Pinot Noir

Looking for a rosé that grows off the beaten path?  While Layer Cake delivers a rosé at heart, they’ve added a unique twist: after the typical aroma of passion fruit and pink grapefruit, you’ll notice a bit of dark chocolate and cranberry.  If you thought it couldn’t get any more unique, you’ll find there are notes of guava and loquat.  This fresh wine is well-balanced and perfect for a summer day spent outside.

Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé

Get ready to taste some darker fruit in the subtle but delicious Vin Gris de Cigare: blackcurrants, plums, and rosehips are all present in this elegant wine.  Smooth and drinkable, this rosé is bursting with all sorts of floral aromas such as peonies and roses.  Wondering if vin gris is still a rosé?  “Vin gris” is a term used for very light rosé wine made from red grapes with the biggest differences rooted in production methods.  Feel free to enjoy it just as much as your typical rosé!

Puech Haut Prestige

Notes of white peach, strawberries, and flowers make the Puech Haut Prestige a perfect rosé for summertime relaxation.  While your typical red wine may have their grape skins macerated, this French rosé earns its light color through a different method: the gentle pressing of the grapes right after harvest.  If you’re looking for a beautiful, crisp, and refreshing rosé, you’ve just found the one.

What we love about these rosés even more is that we have them in our inventory.  While supplies are limited, we’re happy to say that we have over 25 rosés available.  Stop by the store to see our wide selection!  Or, if you want to check on their availability, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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The Best Summer Beers for Backyard Barbecues

The sun is shining, the burgers are grilling,  and your buddies ask what you brought to drink after tossing your 6-pack into the cooler.   “Did you bring the usual?”  Confidently you reply, “Nope, not today my friends.”  Today, you branched out and got something perfect for this barbecue.  With so many choices for craft beer (especially in New England), you’ll want to pick the right beer for the right season.  If you want to raise some eyebrows and crack some smiles, we’ve gathered our top picks for the best summer beers.  When the weather gets a little too warm, your friends will thank you for bringing a summer beer that’ll cool them off.

Harpoon Camp Wannamango

In India, a basket full of mangos is a sign of friendship. But we think a basket full of Harpoon Camp Wannamango is a close second.  When it comes to this beer, there’s no escaping the refreshing mango aroma and taste.  You’ll also get a blend of passion fruit and subtle hops. If you’re looking for something light and easy to drink, this pale ale could quickly become your summertime favorite.

Dogfish Head Sea-Quench

Pucker up for a summer romance with this sour ale.  Sour beers are continuously becoming more popular every year and Dogfish Head’s Sea-Quench Ale is a great example of one.  Made with lime peel, black lime, and sea salt, be prepared for a unique taste when you take a sip of this ale.  It’s tart, it’s refreshing, and it’s excellent for anyone who wants to take a dive into the world of sour beer.

Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge

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Summer marks the return of beachy days, long nights, and Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge.  This pilsner is loaded with European hops but still contains a traditional flavor.  It has a light, golden hue and is extremely drinkable.  For any pilsner fans, you can’t go wrong with this one.  It’s perfect to bring along to barbecues, out to the docks, or even just out to the porch.

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point has found a way to incorporate grapefruit into their beer for a refreshing take on their classic Sculpin.  With an ABV of 7%, this beer should be sipped a little slower than the others on this list – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to drink.  Although technically an IPA, it wouldn’t be such a wild idea to give it to someone who isn’t usually a fan of them.  The grapefruit adds a beautiful aroma and tart taste that makes this an unforgettable beer.

Bonus: Downeast Aloha Friday

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Beer isn’t for everyone, and cider isn’t just for fall.  In fact, the masterminds at Downeast have concocted a special summer drink to prove it.  Aloha Friday is bursting with refreshing and juicy pineapple.  This is the cider that will make you look forward to relaxation. We think they did a pretty good job naming it.

Not only is there an ample amount of seasonal summer ales, there’s also a lot of year-round beer perfect for the warm weather.  Have something else in mind other than what’s on this list?  Stop by to check out our ever-changing inventory!  Or, if you want to see if we have something in stock before swinging by, contact us today!

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