The Best Ros

Spring certainly seems to be on the way and even if it doesn't quite feel like it in your neck of the woods, we encourage you to celebrate the upcoming warm weather with a refreshing glass of rosé.  "It has become the official drink of summer, but in warmer climates (like Los Angeles!) you'll see people drinking it year round," Matthew Kaner, wine director and co-owner of Los Angeles's Bar Covell and one of Food and Wine's 2013 Sommeliers of the Year, says. From below $10 to upwards of $30, Kaner is sharing five of his top picks for the perfect glass.

2013 Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé My most recent travels were to Vinho Verde in the North of Portugal, where we are starting to see more rosé, so I'm helping spread the gospel of the diversity of the region! These wines have a light spritz, lots of giving fruit, and are perfect for laying the foundation of a drinking afternoon. $9, K&L Wine Merchants


2013 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Coastal Region Time and time again this classic rosé tastes like a vegetable garden, which I think is a very good thing. Enough said. $10, K&L Wine Merchants


2013 Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris Corbières Rosé Made in the South of France closer to Spain than Provence (the birth place of modern rosé), from a blend of Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir, this charmer is the best I've seen in the decade I've been following it. $15, K&L Wine Merchants

_red 2013 Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Rosé Pinot Noir grapes farmed for rosé, this is a pretty special thing since a lot of winemakers would rather make red wine from a valuable Pinot Noir vineyard, but Red Car farms a part of their vineyard just for rosé use! It's a very specific decision as a lot of rosé is made as an after-thought, or as a bonus. Get it while it's hot! $20, K&L Wine Merchants
_amphoria 2013 AmByth Estate Amphora Paso Robles Rosé A very special farming operation in the Templeton Gap just south of Paso Robles, California. These guys do everything naturally, organically, and earth-consciously. Their techniques often mimic those of ancient Georgians (the Republic of, not as in a Georgia Peach) and Romans who used amphora-based clay pots instead of oak barrels during the ageing process. Only produced in small quantities, but worth finding it any way you can. $35, K&L Wine Merchants
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