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5 rosé wines recommendations sure to refresh you in the sunshine

06/05/2015 04:14 EDT | Updated 06/05/2016 05:59 EDT
Are you lusting after a drop of refreshing rosé wine in this beautiful Vancouver sunshine? You're not alone. On the Coast wine columnist Barb Philip is also a fan.

"As much as I like to have rosé peppered throughout the year, when I really crave it is in the summer time...There's something about a patio, there's something about getting together with friends for an aperitif that really suits it."

Philip says rosés are made around the world, but the heart of rosé production is in France's Provence region.

"Almost 90 per cent of the production is rosé and they are serious about it. They've worked hard to make it in a very delicate dry style. It's perfect to drink on the terrace with a very simple plate of olives and cheese."

Rosé and seafood, anyone?

Philip says more and more regions are trying to emulate this style which is good news for wine connoisseurs.

"In the Okanagan people are making dry rosés, we see it in California, in Chile. I've got a sparkling rosé on the recommendations (below) from Italy that's dry.

"This is really boosting the image of rose and people are really excited about it."

Philip says rosé wines offer excellent value and recommends pairing it with cold seafood, olives and hard cheese.

"Keep it simple and celebrate both the wine and the freshness of the food. Just enjoy."

5 rosé recommendations

- Spierhead Winery Pinot Noir Rosé. 2014. Okanagan Valley, B.C.. $18.00

- Cesarini Trento Brut Rosé. N/V.Trentino Alto Adige. Italy. $25.99

- L'Ostal Cazes Rosé. Pays d'Oc. 2014. Languedoc. France. $14.99

- Pétale de Rosé Côtes de Provence Rosé. 2014. Provence. France. $20.99

- Elixir Côtes de Provence Rosé. 2014. Provence. France. $22.99

To hear the full interview with wine columnist Barb Philip, listen to the audio labelled Rosé wines.

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