Rosé. All Day.

I. LOVE. ROSÉ.

 

I love it.

 

Hot day? Rosé. Need a light wine to serve alongside an acidic dish? Rosé. It's Thanksgiving? Rosé. It's Tuesday? Rosé. 

 

Fun fact about rosé: It's best consumed the year it's produced. And some of the best pinot houses make the most incredible rosés. They're dry, crisp and cool and seem to be a great start to any get-together. Also a great brunch and lunch wine.

 

North County

 

Arista*

An entire menu of very tasty pinots awaits you in this quaint tasting room in the heart of Russian River Valley. Also pouring chardonnay, rosé and zinfandel. Their website discourages groups of more than 8 and specifically bachelorette/bachelor parties. Which I find humorous. 

7015 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 395-0915

aristawinery.com

 

 

Copain Wines*

Producer of vineyard-designated wines from Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier, and Zinfandel.

Recently purchased by Kendall Jackson but still keeping its boutiquey feel.

One of the most incredible views in the valley.

~By appointment only ~Call ahead for picnic basket lunches

7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 836-8822

copainwines.com

 

 

J Winery

Contemporary tasting room featuring an incredible menu of sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir wines. For a special occasion--or if you just want to spend an afternoon sipping and pairing wine with food--make a reservation in their Bubble Lounge. A time-worthy experience. Get a driver if you do. Trust me.

11447 Old Redwood Hwy Healdsburg, CA

(888) 594-6326

jwine.com

 

MacRostie*

One of my favorite new wine tasting rooms. The perfect combination of ambience and hospitality. Lovely pinots and chardonnays. And rosé! They actually greet you at the door with a tasting of rosé. Who doesn't love that?!

The MacRostie Estate House ~Reservations are recommended, but not required. ~Make a reservation online here, email hospitality@macrostiewinery.com or call the # below.

4605 Westside Road Healdsburg, CA

(707) 473-9303 x201

macrostiewinery.com

 

Thomas George

Small producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel on the former site of Davis Bynum Winery. And they make a (small production) rosé.

The people here are as awesome as the wine. Their wine club has great perks. And they rent out their facilities for private parties. And they have a cave! Their sparkling is available until it's not. So if they have any while you're there, get some!

This is a nice place to bring a picnic or snacks. They also have several cottages available for rent.

Another reason to join their wine club...

8075 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 431-8031

ThomasGeorgeEstates.com

Reeve Wines*

A small, "passion project" dedicated to some beautiful wines in an even more beautiful location. 

My fave rosé (grown, picked and blended specifically for rosé) KILLS!

Lovely reisling and pinot as well. 

Their tasting room, property and 4-bedroom guest villa stun. 

Thursday-Monday by appointment

4551 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg CA

(707) 235-6345

reevewines.com

 

West County

Lynmar Estate*

Luxury Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines produced in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley.

~call ahead to reserve an awesome picnic prepared by their onsite chef

3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA

(707) 829-3374

lynmarwinery.com

 
 
 

One of my besties, Adrienne, hosts a blind, rosé-tasting brunch every year.

We bring our bottles, wrapped in foil, and then we go down the line and rank them.

She makes quiche and puts out a huge spread of insane food and we drink unreal amounts of outstanding rosé. (Well...mostly outstanding. There are fan-favorites and much as there are fan-gags.) Chicks only, by the way.

 

This past year I brought a bottle of Williams Selyem Vin Gris. It ranked in the top third.

(Benovia scored the top prize...)

 

And I wore my trail-running clothes with the expectation I'd get a run in after this giant indulgence. Managed to squeeze in 3.5 miles at Foothill Park.

Lessened the guilt...a little. I don't recommend running on a full stomach. Or buzzed, for that matter.

Blind Tasting

Winners Revealed (Left to Right)