You know what rosé wine is all about—the gentle taste of sweetness from a combination of citrus and red fruits, and the soft tickle of green flavour finish. It’s a delicate drink for those who are not big fans of stronger wines like the classic red wine. While white wine is considered to be a summertime favourite and red for winter, rosé is good for every season. The kinds of rosé available are so wide in variety that you’re sure to find your favourite this winter season to stay warm and cozy.
Types of Rosé Wine
A bubbly wine is always the go-to drink for celebrations and toasts. From Crémant (a loved French bubbly with lesser fizziness) to a fun Prosecco (a favourite Italian sparkling wine), there is a wide variety of rosé bubbly that you can enjoy and drink for casual events. It’s a light wine that you can enjoy before the main event, plus it smells and tastes good too—perfect for small appetizers or by itself!
When you say fruity, you think about the sweet taste of the wine, but fruity actually means it tastes like the fruits it’s made of. While a lot of people think that fruity drinks are cheap and simple since they’re easier to drink, it’s not particularly true. There are impressive selections out there that are as good as the beloved reds. Pinot Noir or Malbec grape varieties deliver well, and for a floral taste, go for Mourvèdre.
Some people love their wines sweet, and that’s not a bad thing—you just have a lot of love for the sweet things in life. Sweet wines also pack a lot of fruity flavours and the perfect drink for those with a sweet-tooth would be Zinfandel Rosé. Sweet wine also has residual sugar and has less alcohol, so you’re less likely to get drunk when you enjoy this drink. It has a little acidity to it, perfect in matching it with flavours in dishes. If you want to achieve gastronomic heaven, a sweet pink rosé is your best friend.
This crisp wine variety is perfect for those who love to indulge in wines that pack more bite than the usual rosé. You can choose Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes that thrive in warmer regions and are known to make strong red wine. Dry rosé is perfect for those with sophisticated taste and who are indulgent to stronger wines.
Top Favourite Rosé Wines for the Winter Season
Jansz Premium Sparkling Rosé NV
This rosé wine originated in Tasmania, Australia, and is known for its delicate and refreshing taste. The cool weather in Tasmania makes this wine perfect—a classic Pinot Noir with a mix of Chardonnay. You can also taste a hint of white cherries, a bit of lemon, and some creamy and almond-like taste as a finish to balance the acidity.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé NV
Originated from the Champagne region in France, this pale champagne is as full-bodied as any other known Charles Heidsieck wine. A mixture of favourite grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, this wine boasts flavours of romance—ripe cherries, and vanilla flavours that add a creamy finish in each glass. It’s the perfect kind of warmth you need for this chilly season!
Loimer Brut Rosé NV
Proudly produced in Niederösterreich, Austria, this brut rosé is a perfect element in long winter nights by the fireplace. A perfect blend of high-toned citrus fruits with a refreshing taste of bright acidity and Chardonnay grape varieties. It definitely mixes well with winter dishes and adds more flavours to it.
Champagne Delamotte Brut Rosé NV
Originated from the Champagne region in France, this rosé wine is a special blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—a classic combination for most rosé wine. It has this amazing fruity flavor with a delightful taste of minerality.
Azur Rosé 2017
Made in California, this rosé wine is aiming to be Provençal-style rosé with a hint of grapefruit and lemon. It’s a delicious blend of Grenache and Syrah grape varieties and has a clean finish. It works well with winter food dishes and adds more flavour to any meal.
Annona Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Rosato 2016
Hailing from Abruzzo, Italy, this darker version of the more commonly known rosé makes a more bodied and sophisticated taste. This beloved Montepulciano rosé originated from lighter and more loved pink wine, but with a tarty, fruity, and earthy taste with a unique kind of flavour. A great selection if you want something for the after-party!
Dominio del Plata 'Crios' Rosé of Malbec 2016
It comes from Mendoza, Argentina and it has a soft taste despite its dark colour. It’s fruitier compared to most wines previously listed and has a refreshing finish after each sip. This is best served with a cheese plate and can be enjoyed with friends or for a small after-dinner drink.
Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2015
It originated from Niagara Peninsula, Canada, and is well known for its sweet taste and delicate hints of raspberry and strawberries. It’s unique as it’s made from frozen grapes on the vine, balanced with pleasant acidity, and a hint of brown sugar as well. It’s perfect for dark chocolate desserts after a rich dinner.
Stony Hill Chardonnay 2013
Produced in Napa, California, it’s the Chardonnay you haven’t tasted before. It tastes loyal to wines produced in Chablis, but a more crisp and fresh version. Unlike most Chardonnays, it’s not aged in new oak barrels—so it retains its refreshing flavours of red apple, lemon zest, and white peach.
Antinori ‘Cervaro Della Sala’ 2011
Hailing from Umbria, Italy, this wine has this famed oaky flavour, bright acidity, and sweet ripe red apples, ripe peaches, and zesty oranges. It’s almost like Christmas in a glass—with delicate spices and creaminess of vanilla, this drink is perfect for lightly flavoured dishes.