If you love Rosé as much as our entire staff does, then you’ll be on the hunt this Summer. Seems like just ten years ago, New Yorkers poo-pooed on Rosé wines. Maybe it was Lancer’s fault…or maybe it was Mateus (although I’ve heard they’ve gotten better over the years), but the good news is that Rosé is on everyone’s lips. We’ve asked some of NYC’s top Sommeliers to let us know what they’re carrying this season and to let us know how they have seen the love of Rosé wines evolve over the years. Here are some amazing bars and restaurants in NYC where you can get fantastic Rosé wines and a little insight on how this wine has changed over the years in NYC from the experts.
Where to get Great Rosés in NYC
Joao Beiler, Di Wine Beverage Director
Year after year, the demand for rosé has been increasing. Instead of being just a summer wine, our year-round rosé sales have increased, more so than any other beverage. We are seeing that it’s not just a trend, our guests truly enjoy a nice glass of rosé.
What DiWine is Pouring
The diversity of choice in rosés has blown up. For the summer, we chose to pour a blend of indigenous grape varietals from the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. The Domaine Barcelo is soft, crisp and super refreshing. It’s bright flavors pair very well with our Burrata and Heirloom Tomatoes.
DiWine is located at 41-15 31st Avenue, Astoria, Queens 718.777.1355
Colin Reyes, Assistant Bar Manager Jones Wood Foundry
Rose appears to be the fastest growing wine category in the USA. Provence in France has been making rose for centuries, as have other wine regions, But in the US, it has been somewhat avoided until recent years because people thought it would be too sweet and that it had connotations of being a cheap, inexpensive wine. Mostly by people who had never even tried rose, which was apparently the vast majority of wine consumers! I think rose’s current popular, which is more and more year round, as opposed to seasonal can be attributed to its photogenic nature which made it an Instagram star.
What Jones Wood Foundry is Pouring
Despite some good efforts by US producers (Wolfer etc), we at Jones Wood Foundry are still big fans of classic Provence Rose. Dry, crisp, light color and great acid. Our house rose from Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, sells very well and wins many blind tastings.
We love the rose with our Black Paperdelle Pasta, with summer vegetables, which is on our June Seasonal Manu and with and our classic fish and chips. For both it’s the perfect summer rose pairing, especially when savored in our intimate garden, which we’ve dubbed the Secret Rose Garden!
Jones Wood Foundry is located at 401 E 76th St, New York, NY 212.249.2700
Rodrigo Escobal Mertz, General Manager & Beverage Director
In the past, rosé was known as ‘Grandma’s favorite wine.’ But with rosé becoming a more popular wine, more and more options are available. Over the past couple of years, we’ve introduced our clientele to a variety of quality rosé wines including a rosé from Languedoc-Roussillon, France, and our rosé Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley.
What Croton is pouring
Our summer rosé is Mas Janeil by François Lurton – Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah. It’s 100% Syrah with a raspberry pink color, aromas of red currants and white flowers with a crisp palate and highlights of grapefruit. We like to pair it with our Chicken Paillard served under a bed of baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, radishes and mandarin slivers.
Croton Reservoir Tavern is located at 108 West 40th Street, NYC, 212.997.6835
Steven Lakeman, Beverage Curator
Our summer rosé special ($6 a glass, all day every day until Labor Day) is a great way to introduce our clients to nice, crisp, clean rosé wines. A good rosé takes away the stigma of rosés being a ‘millennial wine’, especially when we suggest they drink it with one of our signature dishes.
What HandCraft is pouring
Red fruit dominates the refreshingly crisp palate of the rosé Mas Janeil by François Lurton – Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah, so it pairs great with our signature Fried Truffled Burrata or our Fried Chicken Sandwich with pimento cheese sauce, pickled green tomatoes, and kale. It also goes incredibly well with our Watermelon Salad with feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette.
HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktail is located at 367 Third Avenue, NYC, 212.689.3000
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