A Denver Sommelier Shares His Best Rosés and Whites to Sip This Summer

There’s nothing quite like sunbathing by the pool with a refreshing glass of rosé or chilled white wine. As the weather begins to warm and summer approaches, 303 is here to give you all the details on some of the best rosé and white wines to enjoy while you kick back, relax, and soak up the scorching Denver sun. Join us as we sit down with the sommelier and wine director of Bonanno Concepts, Lee Wilson, for his take on the delectable rosés and wines you can enjoy on your porch this summer.

For those not looking to spend a fortune

Miraval

The elegant bottle of Miraval highlights its delicious rosé rosé. Photo courtesy of Miraval on Facebook.

Price: $15 – $20

The truth : Produced in the south of France, Miraval rosé has always stood out from Wilson. The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a glass of this top-notch rosé. Perfect for a hot summer day, Miraval is a crisp, acidic and dry rosé that still exudes floral notes with every sip. The bottle itself even stands out from the rest. Its plump, round body showcases the dusty pink rosé which then leads into an elegant gold colored sealed cap.

“There’s beauty in simplicity and this is one of those bottles,” Wilson said. “There’s more than enough to interest me, but I don’t have to think too much about it.”

Miraval is available at most Denver-area liquor stores. You can also stop by French 75 for a drink paired with the perfect meal.

For those looking to splurge

Clos Cibonne Tibouren 2020

Tibouren Clos Cibonne is a classic that will have your taste buds dancing all summer long. Photo courtesy of Clos Cibonne – Tibouren – Cru Classé Côtes de Provence on Facebook.

Price: $100 – $120

The truth : Although this rosé is a little more expensive, it is well worth every penny. Made in Clos Cibonne in southeastern France, the Mediterranean Sea gives the vineyards of Clos Cibonne a characteristic cool breeze that keeps the grapes thriving during the summer months. With the main role of the Tibouren grape variety, this one-of-a-kind rosé is well known for its texture, substance and ability to age well.

Wilson said, “It’s so good, I swear it tastes like cantaloupe.”

This true classic rosé from Provence may be a little harder to find than others, so getting your hands on a bottle makes this rosé even more special. Pull up your chair, break out the cheese and crackers, and enjoy the Denver summer breeze. This is an excellent rosé for summer splurges.

2011 Léon Beyer Counts of Eguisheim

The perfect bottle to indulge this summer, the 2011 Leon Beyer Comtes D’eguisheim is sure to please. Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts.

Price: $220

The truth : Don’t let the smell of this white wine fool you. While Wilson jokingly describes the smell of this wine as that of “pure essence,” he illustrates taste as nothing less than the finer things in life.

“It tastes like apricots, white peaches, kumquats and gooseberries,” Wilson said. “I love the world out of it.”

As you sip and savor this wine, its complex flavors and very dry texture will seduce your taste buds every step of the way.

“If we really want to quench the thirst and sit down and talk about it for two hours, this is one of those bottles,” he added.

To not overpower this fine white wine, Wilson recommends pairing a glass with a really fresh fish with citric flavors and a dash of chive oil or something to give it that earthy bite. If you really want to treat yourself this summer, go to mizuna for a complete taste and gastronomic experience accompanied by a beautiful bottle of Leon Beyer Comtes D’eguisheim 2011.

For those looking for a fruity punch

Joseph Swick Five to Six Malbec Rosé 2020

The rich color of Cinq à Six Malbec Rosé preludes its bold flavors. Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts.

Price: $20 – $30

The truth : Rosé and Malbec may seem like an unassuming pairing. However, in Joseph Swick’s Cinq à Six Malbec Rosé, the flavors come together to form a delicious combination that sings to the fruits of summer.

“It’s so, so delicious. It’s just liquid strawberries and raspberries and it’s wonderful,” Wilson said.

Produced in the Washington-Oregon region, this rosé is not only sweet but also varied. Whether you start your meal with the indulgent acidity of this fruity rosé or accompany it with a rich cherry tart for dessert, Joseph Swick’s Cinq à Six Malbec Rosé will delight your taste buds.

With pink and reddish colors as bold as its flavor, this rosé is the perfect pair for lounging on your porch in the warm Denver sun or enjoying the company of friends and family at a backyard barbecue. .

For those who like a good dry glass

2020 Anima Negra Quibia Falanis

The ultra-dry Quibia is beautiful on a hot Denver summer day. Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts.

Price: $20

The truth : Coming from the coast of Mallorca, Spain, this bottle packs a punch with a blend of around 20 different varietals. Wilson describes this wine as fun, interesting and available. At 11.5% alcohol, the Anima Negra Quíbia Falanis is brilliantly dry. Accompanying a glass of this white wine with light and refreshing fish or shellfish is simply sublime.

Thinking about how to pair a wine or a rosé, Wilson says, “I think about wine and I think about where it comes from and I try to think about what they eat. They probably eat octopus. They probably have white flake fish that’s grilled on the side of the boat because they just caught it. They probably eat clams and oysters etc.

For a bright and refreshing seafood feast, this is the wine.

For those who want something a little out of the ordinary

2019 Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler

Get out of your comfort zone with this incredibly unique Reinisch Rotgipfler. Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts.

Price: $50 – $55

The truth : If you’re looking to get into something weird, Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler Thermenregion is an excellent starting point. Hailing from the Thermenregion in Austria, almost near Hungary, the Rotgipfler grape is not only unusual but rare. One notable feature that sets the Rotgipfler grape apart is that it is grown in volcanic soil, which gives it that funky touch. Austrian wines are known for their powerful acidity and this atypical wine is no exception.

“It has flavors of hard lemon and green tea,” Wilson said. “I don’t think I will find a better example of Rotgipfler.”

For something so unique and distinctive, Wilson recommends pairing this Rotgipfler with trout rubbed with the essence of potent herbs and cooked in a savory cast iron skillet with heaps of butter and lemon. I mean, something this out of the ordinary deserves bold, bold flavors, right? If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone this summer, you can head to Mizuna on Capitol Hill to grab a bottle of this extraordinary wine for just $50.

Wilson’s all-time favorite porch hammerer

2020 Patrick Piuze “Terroir de Chichée” Chablis

One of Wilson’s all-time favourites, Patrick Piuze’s classic Chablis “Terroir de Chichée” is sure to impress. Photo courtesy of Bonanno Concepts.

Price: $40

The truth : “There is never a bad time for Chablis,” Wilson said.

Produced on the southern slope in the commune of Chichée south of Fleys, France, this wine is everything Wilson could ask for in a great wine. VSomfortable, nostalgic and unbeatable are some words he uses to describe his prestige. It’s a little smoky with flavors of lemon zest, lime zest and unripe pears.

“If good was one flavor, it would be Chablis,” Wilson said.

The grapes used to create this one-of-a-kind white are grown in soil that is half clay and half limestone. The sun shines on the south and west facing vineyard allowing the harvest to age gracefully.

While this wine was on the tasting menu at Mizuna, Chablis “Terroir de Chichée” is not yet on the menu. If you want to try a bottle of this fine wine, you might have to dig. However, you can order a bottle online for just $39.99.

All wines and rosés are available on mizuna (225 E 7th Ave, Denver), with the exception of Miraval which is French 75 (717 17th St Ste B, Denver).