Rosé’s not just for Instagram: “We should give rosé a bit more credit,” says Bianca Bosker, author of “Cork Dork.” “In its most classic form, rosé is refreshing, pleasurable and easy.”
Plus, because rosés can meld flavor characteristics of both red and white wines, it goes well with just about any dish. “It pairs beautifully with great weather,” she says.
That may explain why so many Washington bars are highlighting their pink offerings with alfresco pop-up bars, rosé-heavy menus and new takes on the wine this summer. Here are a few of our favorites:
Even with rosé-induced blurred vision, you can still appreciate the spanning views from this swanky hotel rooftop. Sights include the Washington Monument, Georgetown University and — for what’s it worth — the Rosslyn skyline. Snag the coveted bright blue Alice in Wonderland-like chairs, or lounge on a cushy couch, and choose from two rosés by the glass and three by the bottle, as well as glasses of the breakout drink of the summer: frosé, a blended slushie version of the wine. 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 855-341-1292.
Although “garden” may be a stretch, Westend Bistro’s patio hosts a happy hour in honor of the rosy refreshment every Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. through September. Rosé by the glass, flights and blush cocktails (like the Brigitte Bardot, mixed with Lillet Rose, peach liqueur, grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters and sparkling rosé) might tickle your fancy. Snacks including grilled oysters with a cucumber granita and grilled watermelon also celebrate the season. 1190 22nd St. NW. 202-974-4900.
We hope you like lines as much as you like rosé: Wait times to laze in this retro Palm Beach-inspired pop-up bar in front of Whaley’s can be long. Once you make it past the lush plant-lined threshold, choose from a list of more than 10 glasses of rosé as well as highballs, frozen drinks and beer. The pink offerings are a fruity complement to such light bites as oysters, poached shrimp and toast loaded with Maryland crab. Outside the restaurant at 301 Water St. SE, Suite 115. 202-484-8800.
With a wine list that stretches nearly 50 pages, bet on Proof to help quench your rosé cravings. Organized by country of origin, the offerings include sparkling rosés that range in price from holy cow ($175) to holy — well, you know ($850). The still rosé options are reasonable (starting at $45 for a bottle) and leave you with enough cash to burn on the restaurant’s impressive selection of cheese and charcuterie. 775 G St. NW. 202-737-7663.
Due to popular demand, Vinoteca’s clever “rosé all May” promotion has morphed into a summer-long affair. Through September, the U Street neighborhood haunt is serving 16-plus rosés available by the glass or bottle, as well as mixed drinks, sangria and boozy ice cream floats laced with the pink stuff. It’s best enjoyed outside on the festive patio, fittingly outfitted with rose bushes, climbing ivy and fresh flowers. 1940 11th St. NW. 202-332-9463.
Correction: A previous version of this article said rosé is made from a combination of red and white grapes. Rosé is often made with only red grapes. This version has been updated.