Staff Picks

While we like a Provence rosé as much as the next millionaire yacht-owner, we wouldn't be Theatre of Wine if we didn't look beyond the obvious to see what is going on elsewhere. Colour alone is not an indication of dryness, and many regions are making rosés that express the character of their local grapes. We've highlighted a few of our current favourites below.

Adega de Moncao Rosé Muralhas 2020, Portugal

If you are a fan of white Vinho Verde, you should try the pink equivalent. Made with native alvarelhao, pedral and vinhao grapes, this is a thirst quenching, summery rosé filled with fresh peach, strawberry and raspberry notes. On the palate a little sparkle brings this to the next level. Less plush and creamy than the Provence style, this is an altogether zestier alternative, at a price that justifies keeping it in the fridge door. Perfect for melting weather!

Thymiopoulos Rosé de Xinomavro 2020, Naoussa

The native xinomavro grape producess some of the most distinctive wines in Greece. Italianate in style, the wines tend to be fresh and savoury with aromas of orange zest, strawberry and terracotta, all of which feature in this distinctive and delicious rosé. It is definitely a more structured, food-friendly style and would be great with barbequed lamb, some chilled tzatziki or even a side of salmon off the grill.

Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon Rosé 2021, Loire

This wine has just landed on our shelves, but in fact we have had the wines before, many moons ago. In the time between, they have only gotten better. This is made entirely from pinot noir in an exquisite and delicate style that recalls the famous rosé of Marsannay in Burgundy. Expect delicate cranberry and redcurrant fruit, a cool chalky texture and a pristine finish that refreshes and revitalises as surely as a dip in the sea.