Let’s face it, rosé is welcome all day, every day. We’re here to help you navigate your way from still to sparking and California to Provence. Need help selecting a wine? Don’t know where to sit outside with a glass of pink vino? What about a rosé cocktail? Here’s your guide to rosé this summer.

rose and sparkling bottles of wine in a ice bucket

 

An Evening Full of Rosé 

RPM Events Rose Wine Dinner on the Chicago Riverfront

On Tuesday, July 28, enjoy a rosé wine dinner at RPM Events (317 N. Clark St.) featuring selections chosen by RPM Wine Director, Richard Hanauer, paired perfectly with a four-course meal that includes Sea Bass CrudoHeirloom Tomato Salad with stracciatella cheese and Local Sweet Corn Pizza. This wine dinner is $85 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Reservations are available for groups up to 10 for private tables on the patio or indoors on Tuesday, July 28 starting at 6:30 PM. Click here to reserve for the Rosé Wine Dinner at RPM Events.

 

In a Cocktail

Sometimes you just need a refreshing drink, so our beverage directors have been busy mixing and matching spirits with rosé to concoct the perfect summer cocktail. Check ‘em out!

Pizzeria Portofino frozen cocktail

Pizzeria Portofino’s Frosé is a refreshing blend of Stemmari Rosé, Combier Pamplemousse and citrus juice, topped with a watermelon float. Make a reservation at Pizzeria Portofino

Beatrix Rose Sangria

New for summer, Beatrix – River North offers a Rosé Sangria made with Rosé Galliano L’aperitvo, Pamplemousse, raspberry and lemon. Sip on this summertime sangria on the patio or dining room, both are first come, first served.

RPM SEafood frozen cocktail

RPM Seafood is also serving up Frosé to be enjoyed riverside made with Stemmari Rosé, Combier Pamplemousse and citrus juice, topped with fresh watermelon juice. Make a reservation at RPM Seafood

Neon Bicycle cocktail at Aba

Aba’s Neon Bicycle is made with white wine, Cocchi Rosa, grapefruit, lime, and honey and is available at Aba’s walk-up table off at 302 N. Green St. from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM or in the dining room and on the patio! Make a reservation at Aba

For more frozen cocktails to sip on this summer, click here. 

Ema carryout cocktails

Get your rosé to go from Ema! The Where There’s A Will cocktail is made with Tito’s Vodka, Brovo Pink, strawberry, tangerine and lemon and is available for carryout, or to enjoy on the restaurant’s patio or dining room. Order carryout from Ema. Make a Reservation at Ema 

A Very Rosé Happy Hour

Osteria Via Stato Prosecco on the Patio

Every Monday – Friday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Osteria Via Stato is offering 1/2 priced select glasses of still and sparkling rosé. What’s better than sipping on a crisp glass of rosé while enjoying a signature thin crust pizza on the patio. Check out Osteria Via Stato’s happy hour menu.

Rosé is an Experience

Grab a seat at one of your favorite restaurants (or even on your couch), order a glass (or bottle to-go) and sit back and relax.

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Mon Ami Gabi Rose

Visit Mon Ami Gabi – Chicago (2300 N. Lincoln Park W.) and sip on Côtes de Provence “Le Provençal,” Mon Ami Gabi’s featured rosé for the summer. The South of France is considered the epicenter of rosé, originating in Provence (SE France), the bottle’s namesake. It’s bottled in the traditional “flute à corset,” the region’s distinctive bottle that recalls charming flower-bedecked villages. Enjoy this bottle in the dining room, patio or for carryout. Click here to book your reservation at Mon Ami Gabi or call 773-348-8886 to place your pickup order.

Rose Cart at Summer House Santa Monica

Summer House Santa Monica (Chicago) rolled out the pink carpet this summer for its Rosé Cart. The all-season, indoor-outdoor restaurant is the perfect place to park with a glass of rosé.

Make a reservation at Summer House Santa Monica – Chicago.

 

Get Your Rosé To-Go

Beatrix Market Picnic Basket

Beatrix- Market in Fulton Market (834 W. Fulton Market) is now a one-stop-shop for all things wines, beers, carry-out cocktails, and more! Snag your favorite bottle of rosé for your next socially distanced get together or to enjoy on your patio. Orders for Beatrix Market – Fulton Market can be placed one hour prior to pick-up, order online via Tock

 

Craving your favorite rosé sips from Bar RamoneOrder a bottle from Bar Ramone via Tock and enjoy at home! 

A Quick Word from the Pros

Take it from the experts and choose wine wisely for your next outdoor picnic, beach excursion or just a sunny day. Our wine director Richard Hanauer (RPM Steak, RPM Italian, Pizzeria Portofino, RPM Seafood and Bar Ramone) schools us on the art of choosing the perfect rosé.

Light & Refreshing, with or without food: Provencal-style rosé is the quintessential rosé and is refreshing and light in color & body. Look for keywords of “Aix-en-Provence” or “Cotes-du-Provence”.

Light vs Dark Colored Rosé: Color can be a great guide in how to choose rosé. The lighter the color the more refreshing, while deeper hues of pink indicate a more complex wine reminiscent of a light bodied red wine.

Pocketbook Friendly Choices: There is never a need to go over budget then you’re buying rosé! Compared to red wines, rosé is often less expensive to produce and price tags often don’t always reflect the quality of the wine inside the bottle. When in doubt, grab a $10-15 bottle of Provencal-style or Italian Rosato such as Il Poggione and Librandi
A Bit About Grapes: You may not be familiar with the grapes used to make your rose, not to worry.  Rosé traditionally comes from the South of France and is made from grapes like Cinsualt, Mourvedre and Grenache which would never appear on a bottle; they only use the name of the place it is from. No need to source from familiar grapes, as they tend to show far less of their expression as a rosé than they would as a red, but most of their characteristics will hold true.