Hot Pink Party Wines
Check this item off your party to-do list: deciding which wine pairs best with your meal. The answer is rosé! "The crisp, fruity flavor complements white meat and rich side dishes -- which is why it works with different meals from Thanksgiving to salads," says Rach's wine buddy Jordan Salcito, wine director at NYC restaurant Crown. All of her picks are $20 and under. So stop thinking, and start drinking!
MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES RIOJA ROSADO 2011
Made with tempranillo grapes, it tastes like berries and spice, and pairs with everything nice.
California, United States
BONNY DOON VIN GRIS DE CIGARE 2011
It's like spiked fruit salad in a glass! We're talking watermelon, strawberries and, of course, cranberries.
CHÂTEAU DE CAMPUGET COSTIÈRES DE NîMES "TRADITION ROSÉ" 2011
You can sip this French pink from appetizers through desserts -- it's that versatile!
New York, United States
CHANNING DAUGHTERS ROSATO DI MERLOT 2011
This lightened-up merlot is fruity and dry: a bottle all vino lovers will fall for.
JULIAN CHIVITE NAVARRA GRAN FEUDO ROSADO 2011
We bet on the wishbone that no one will guess this fruity Spanish rosé costs less than 15 bucks!
New Mexico, United States
GRUET BRUT ROSE NV
Pop open the bubbly! Served with dinner, a sparkling pink tones down the heat in spicy dishes and cuts through the fat in rich ones.
If you can't find one of these bottles, ask your wine store for a dry (not sweet) rosé that's light and fruity with a touch of acidity. Pink wines that capture that balance are meant to be paired with food, Jordan says. And try to buy vintages no older than 2010 -- though some rosés are made to last on the shelf, most lose their fruit flavors over time.