Whether you’re enjoying a sun-drenched brunch with family or hosting an elaborate dinner party for friends, you’ll need a go-to wine for such festive gatherings. A chilled rosé is a perfectly refreshing choice in the summer months.
Enjoyable on its own, you can elevate the experience by picking a delicious, affordable bottle of rosé and preparing food pairings to match.
To help you host, Sommelier Chantelle Pabros recommends the floral and fruity Louis Jadot Rosé—from the number one French wine producer in America—for its fresh red currant and raspberry fruit character. Serve it chilled alongside the following dishes:
Summer Foods to Pair with Rosé Wine
Baked French Toast Casserole
Made with French brioche bread, peaches, and summer berries, and we suggest even topping it with basil, this is a brunch classic in which the aromatics of the baked French toast go head-to-head with the aromatics of the rosé. The sweet baked stone fruit aromas and fragrant fresh basil intertwine easily with the fruity nose of the rosé, and because the casserole is so dense—filled with sweet bready baked pain perdu—it needs a refreshing acidity and freshness that the rosé delivers.
Grilled Asparagus and Peaches
Season grilled asparagus and peaches with salt, black Tellicherry pepper, chili flakes, and lemon. This recipe calls for haloumi cheese, but we suggest breaking open a burrata.
Tomato Bacon Focaccia
Soft, spongey, and airy: brush a thick slice of focaccia with extra virgin olive oil then top with Maldon salt. Top with the ripest tomatoes available and crispy bacon. The acidity of the ripe, luscious local tomatoes is an effortless pairing with rosé. The dryness of the wine breaks through the savory, fatty, and salty bacon and “cleans” the palate.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
Keep the wine flowing all the way through dessert: for this, we recommend vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies covered in chocolate. The bright acidity of the wine cuts through the creamy vanilla ice cream and the richness of the soft chewy peanut butter cookies. Like bitters in a craft cocktail, the chocolate coating ties it all together, playing off of the wild strawberry notes. The texture of the wine has a mousse-like creaminess and a vibrant all-encompassing finish that will leave you wanting more.
In the mood for something else, or you’d like to serve a wider spectrum of wines at dinner? To round out the wine pairings with a red and a white, consider the crisp, fruit-forward Jadot Beaujolais-Villages alongside light red meats and grilled or roasted white meats; or enjoy the floral, apple, and citrus aromas of Macon-Villages with poultry, shellfish, grilled swordfish, and salads. Both of these make a well-patched set with the rosé, as well.
With a go-to wine and thoughtful food pairings, you can turn every gathering this summer into a reason to celebrate.