Amanda Schuster

Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.

Coming Up Roses

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Olivares Rose (2010)
Average price: $13.99 from 2 stores
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2 Olivares Jumilla Rosado (2010)
Comments: Such a refreshing, versatile rose. Bursting with juicy berry flavor, with a nice touch of spice on the finish. Perfect refresher for when you crave a red wine, but it's just too darn hot. Very satisfying.
Previously available for $7.94
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3 Casa Nuestra Napa Valley Estate Rosado
Comments: I have now tried 4 vintages of this winery's Rosados and they never fail to disappoint. It's a field blend made in the Spanish style, with lots of skin contact for color and zing. It's darker than a lot of other CA roses, and has that Spanish strawberry rosado flavor as well as notes of raspberry and spice. It's the perfect wine for red wine lovers who need something lighter for warmer weather, or lovers of rose in general. Really unique in the US market. Highly recommend.
Average price: $24.00 from 1 store
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4 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato (2010)
Comments: Deep pink hue and a little frizzante. Ripe raspberry and strawberry flavors with a little acidity and warm spice. A great rose for a red wine-drinking naysayer. Points off for what are probably unintentional bubbles.
Previously available for $17.99
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5 Iron Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley Estate Rosé de Pinot Noir (2010)
Comments: Gorgeous sparkler. Vibrant strawberry and tart cherries, delicate bubbles, slightly biscuity. A perfect aperitif!
Average price: $44.49 from 3 stores
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6 Llopart Rose Cava Brut Reserva (2007)
Comments: Can't go wrong with this beauty. Luscious berry notes, crisp and refreshing. Great summer wine that matches everything from snacks to BBQ, also perfect in colder months as an aperitif. One of those perfect "shape-shifting" wines that suits a variety of moods and occasions.
Average price: $17.99 from 1 store
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