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Happy Hour: Five Rosés to Drink for Memorial Day Weekend

Anna Mowry

May 22, 2015

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Our love for the modern cocktails at the JBF Award–winning Bar at the NoMad is tried and true. But we also think that patrons would be remiss to overlook the restaurant’s globe-spanning wine list, tightly curated by sommelier Tom Pastuszak. Here, he shares some recommendations for what we all want to be drinking over the holiday weekend: rosé, rosé, and more rosé.

Ravines Pinot Rosé 2013, $15

"This delicate, aromatic, and super-fresh Pinot Noir–based rosé comes from New York’s up-and-coming, cool-climate Finger Lakes region. Beautiful strawberry and cherry aromatics lead to a citrusy-fresh character on the palate."

Chateau Musar Jeune Rosé 2012, $15

"Made from the Cinsault grape, this unique and exotic rosé hails from Lebanon’s high-altitude and cool Bekaa Valley. Created by one of the country’s most famous estates, it’s a lavish, robust, and decadent wine for fans of a gutsy, weighty style."

Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé 2013, $20

"This Cabernet Franc rosé will turn heads and convince nonbelievers of the greatness of the Loire Valley. Subtle herbal notes give way to plenty of ripe fruit and citrus, with a tangy mouthfeel and excellent length."

Matthiasson Rosé 2013, $23

"From the “garden of France,” this Rhône-inspired blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Counoise is made by one of today’s most exciting “New California” producers. It’s high-toned and juicy, with plenty of acidity to back up the lovely fruit characteristics."

Domaine Comte Abbatucci Gris Impérial 2012, $25

"An intense, briny, and herbal rosé from the French island of Corsica, which is increasingly famous for its aromatic, mineral-tinged wines. The Abbatucci estate is committed to reviving the local tradition of using native grapes; the Gris Impérial is mostly made from the Sciaccarellu varietal."

Anna Mowry is special projects manager at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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