There's no need to get complicated—the essence of the best rosés is that they're easy to sip, easy to love. After a cold spring we are finally entering ideal rosé weather and thus: our picks for the most refreshing pink (and orange!) wines from Oregon. Leading off, two rosés from our most famous grape, Pinot noir, followed by two less traditional Oregon pinks: Nebbiolo Rosato and Twill's absolutely brilliant The Color Orange. We're extraordinarily picky about the rosé we drink at home—all four of these have the Marcus and Andy seal of approval. Get your summer sippers now!
$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)
In a sea of okay Oregon Pinot rosé, this is an orange-pink lighthouse guiding us to shore. A mouthwatering melange of grapefruit, fresh strawberries and cherries greets you, filling the glass and your senses. Bright and tantalizingly yummy, it's a joy to sip over a sunny evening or any occasion that calls for rosé.
$23.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($25.95 regular)
If we're keeping score...we'd have to say that Colene Clemens' rosé is our most popular/best selling Pinot noir rosé of the past three years, with ease. We've long been fans of winemaker Steve Goff's Pinots so it's no surprise that he's a master of pink Pinot, too. Quaffable and refreshing as pink wine should be with lovely texture and weight. Insert warm breeze and patio.
And the less traditional rosés that we love equally!
$16.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($18.95 regular)
This may be the single most popular pink wine in the state of Oregon. It sells out within a month every year. That's because it's a true original (rose of Nebbiolo from the Columbia Gorge!) and it is priced like its Old World counterparts, if not cheaper. Most importantly it is so refreshingly delightful, the kind of rosé we drink at home (regularly) and the kind that defines pink wine.
$22.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($24.95 regular)
A crystalline-pure orange slice of refreshment. Whether we call this a rosé or whatever doesn't matter: it is as good a spring/summer wine as we have. Mandarin oranges, fresh strawberries, an excellent companion to last night's spring salmon. A co-ferment of Chardonnay (60%) and whole bunch-pressed Pinot noir (40%).