Updated June 6, 2017
Devon Broglie is a Master Sommelier (he knows a thing or two about wine), and a Global Beverage Buyer at Whole Foods Market. Along with co-conspirator Doug Bell, he heads up the team that discovers and buys all the delicious wines opens in a new tab you’ll find in Whole Foods Market wine departments across the country. His passion for wine is as infectious as his love for barbecue in his hometown of Austin, Texas.Rosé is the classic “twenty year overnight success story” those of us closest to the action have been waiting for. In 2002, as a wine specialist in our Plano, TX store, I remember my first meaningful commitment to rosé with a display of half a dozen selections I lovingly referred to as our “rosé garden”. Back then, I believed there were plenty of serious winemakers making incredible rosés, and it was just a matter of time before the category overcame its “sweet and simple” reputation. The truth is the vast majority of rosé is still not intended to be taken too seriously. But many examples absolutely deserve a spot in the conversation of the great wines around the world.
And even more exciting: the world of rosé keeps expanding, with passionate winemakers from all over the globe showing off their chops. Regions like Rioja, Spain (“rosé” is called “rosado” in Spain, fyi), Corsica — even the Sonoma Coast in California — are now making incredible examples.
In anticipation of National Rosé Day on Saturday, June 10, why not stock up now? Whole Foods Market has an extensive selection of rosés from around the world. Here are seven bottles that I personally feel highlight the diversity and excitement in the category.
Charles & Charles Rosé magnum
Columbia Valley, Washington
1.5 liter magnums serve about 10 glasses of wine per bottle — party on! The Charles & Charles Rosé magnum is spicy, floral and full of fresh berry notes. Amazing with Greek grilling cheese … or fried chicken. Bonus: On Saturday, June 10, 2017 for one day only save $5.00 on each magnum of Charles & Charles Rosé*!
MulderboschCabernet Sauvignon Rosé
What an eye-opener — a South African rosé made from cabernet sauvignon grapes is not exactly typical. Winemaker Adam Mason expertly manages and restrains this potentially overpowering grape to create a wine full of exuberant fruit and succulent spice with freshness and elegance. Yes to seared tuna steaks.
The best selling pinot noir out there at the price has come out with a limited production rosé. Delicate color, rose petal and orange peel aromas, mouthwatering strawberry and watermelon flavors. Fresh goat cheese on medallions of crusty bread, out on the deck. Say no more.
Folie en ProvenceRosé Côtes de Provence
This importer was the first person I ever bought a full container of wine from (that’s about 1,200 cases), and he’s never let me down. We developed this together, from juice to packaging (I love the bottle’s glass stopper). Bright aromas of strawberry and cranberry. Crisp throughout. Refreshing, irrepressible. Why everyone loves rosés from Provence. Note: We’ve got Magnums in a few select markets!
French BlueBordeaux Rosé
This is an instance where some of our stores were already working with this cool and groovy little wine, and we saw the potential to scale it up. So now this wine is available in our stores nationwide. I love everything from the design of the label to the lively color and juicy freshness of the wine. Give this a try with a grilled swordfish sandwich opens in a new tab.
Presto Sparkling Rosé
Sparkling wine in a can! I was at Austin City Limits music festival a couple years ago and wanted some bubbly. And the ONLY option on that hot September day was less than satisfying. That’s when the light bulb went off. Picnics, outdoor concerts and pool parties will never be the same. Look for pink grapefruit aromas and crisp raspberry and strawberry flavors.
A dynamic, delightful Rosé from a dynamic, delightful winemaker — Ana Becoechea. She’s sweeping the awards circuit, and you can see why. Flavors and aromas feel like diving into a bowl of fresh raspberries and strawberries. I can’t imagine a better wine to enjoy with cold tapas.
And finally, here’s a serving tip: to preserve liveliness, you want the time between pour and sip to be as short as possible. And feel free to sip it straight out of those cans!
*Valid only on 6/10/2017. While supplies last. No rain checks. Sale prices not legally available in all stores. We are prohibited by law from selling alcohol in some of our stores.