They are technically light red wines since they can only be produced from red or black grapes. The pinkish color comes from contact with the skins.
Rosé wines can be various shades of red– most often salmon or pink. They can be extremely light and easy drinking, or complex enough to pair with grilled meat and heavy pasta dishes.
Here are 3 of my new favorites if you are thinking pink.
Sancerre– most people are familiar with the white wines from this Loire Valley region made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Their rosés, and reds, are made from Pinot Noir and are made in a crisp, clean style. Most are stainless steel fermented.
This wine, Il Rosé di Casanova, fom Tuscany is a blend of 2 types of Sangiovese grape- Sangiovese Grosso and 50% Prunolo Gentile (the name for Sangiovese in Montepulciano). Aromas of flowers, honeysuckle and red fruits, this one tastes of summer and is under $20!
Camargue- Domaine Isle Saint Pierre Rosé– ripe strawberry with fig. This wine is a blend of Cabernet franc, Merlot, Arinarnoa, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been produced on an island at the mouth of the Rhône river since 1927. For around $10 this would be a welcome port in any storm.