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All the Ways to Rosé this Summer

All the Ways to Rosé this Summer

Jul 21, 2017

rose and sparkling bottles of wine in a ice bucket

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.

Rosé is an Experience

beautiful girls toasting rose in flutes over charcuterie

We’ve all had the dilemma of where to go drink on a nice day – we’re here to help. Here is your guide to patios at our restaurants across the country.

Grab a seat, a glass and sit back and relax.

champagne and charcuterie mon ami gabi charcuterie

Alongside Lincoln Park sits Mon Ami Gabi’s patio which now features a brand new Rosé Bar. The six-seat bar offers a wide selection of sparkling and still rosé alongside batched summer cocktails. Toast to summer with the extended patio hours from Friday-Sunday from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Chef Michael Battocletti has created a Bistro Bites menu featuring Cheese & Charcuterie, Smoked Salmon Rillette, Truffle Frites and more. Full dinner service will follow. –2300 N. Lincoln Park West

Summer House's rose cart

Summer House Santa Monica rolled out the pink carpet this summer for its Rosé Cart. Curated by wine director Ryan Arnold, enjoy a selection for any palate. The all-season, indoor-outdoor restaurant is the perfect place to park with a glass of rosé. –1954 N. Halsted, Chicago | 11825 Grand Park Ave, Bethesda MD

Something Stronger

beatrix's rose all day cocktail served in a coupe glass ema's rose & rose cocktail garnished with flowers

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

All day we dream about rosé with Beatrix’s Rosé All Day with gin, encanto pisco, housemade rosé syrup and lime is a welcome warm weather pick me up. – 519 N. Clark | 671 N. St Clair | 834 W. Fulton Market

Ēma’s light and airy atmosphere pairs perfectly with the Rose & Rosé with red-berry infused imbue petal & thorn, rose water and rosé. – 74 W. Illinois St.

A Quick Word from the Pros

Take it from the experts – aka our trusted sommeliers – and choose wine wisely for your next outdoor picnic, beach excursion or just a sunny day. Our wine directors Richard Hanauer (RPM Steak & RPM Italian) and Nate Redner (Oyster Bah) are schooling 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 spend a ton of money on rosé! Compared to red wines, rosé is very inexpensive to produce and price is generally dependent on the fancy bottling. When in doubt, grab a $10-15 bottle of Provencal-style or a domestic rosé (Lioco, Red Car, Brooks, Ravines & Soter Brut Rose).

A Bit About Grapes: Rosé grapes used predominately in red wines of the same variety will be more delicate in nature while retaining all of the flavors and aromas of the red version. Pinot Noir = tart red fruits, rose petals and crisp acidity.

Grab your next bottle of rosé at Foodease before hitting up one of Chicago’s beaches.

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