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5 Lebanese Rosé Wines I’ll be Sipping in this Heat Wave

I won't judge you for adding an ice cube.

Nope, I have not died of a heat stroke. Well, not yet, anyway. All you lovely people who know me know I don’t do well in summer. Not the tanning, or the beach, and most definitely not the heat. In fact, I think anyone who’s happy in this heat or getting pan-seared under the sun needs medical attention, both physical and mental. Stat.

Ironically, I’ve spent the majority of the last 12 months flying back and forth between desert lands, where a high of only 35℃ is… well, cute lol. This has lead me to a few conclusions:

a) my skin’s heliophobic,
b) the AC is the best invention since Penicillin, and
c) Jesus would’ve probably turned that wine into a rosé had it been this hot out.

I know, rosé has a very bad reputation – especially among wine snobs and bullies – but trust me when I say, a rosé wine can be quite respectable and good, just as much as any other wine. And while there’s no bad time of year to drink rosé in my opinion, it’s the summer season that sees rosé wine consumption skyrocket. This is very true for Lebanese rosé wines, too, as everyone wants nothing more than to lie next to a pool and roast under the sun with a bottle of Sunset. Again, medical attention!

And while I hate being cooked alive, I love enjoying a Lebanese rosé wine with easy summer foods, like a hearty BBQ, a simple light salad, or a cold exotic fruit.
So without further ado, here are 5 Lebanese rosé wines that I love sipping in this heat wave.

PS: There are so many more Lebanese rosé wines out there that also deserve the spotlight! But I haven’t had the chance to try any of this year’s vintages. If you’d like me to review a certain Lebanese rosé wine on my Instagram, let me know! Also, I’d love to hear about your personal favorites, Lebanese or foreign. So leave me a comment below, on Instagram, or in a direct message.

Rosé d’Une Nuit by Chateau Heritage

Grapes: Carignan and Grenache

Opening up with the pinkest of pink wines, this rosé is as bright on the palate as it is on the eye. Intensely fruity, you’ll catch notes of rose petals, red berries, and orange peel. It’s pretty much a summer orchard in a bottle.

Terre Joie Rosé

Grape: Grenache

Think raspberries and ripe strawberries – a very happy thought for me, indeed. This rosé is zesty and just a teeny bit spicy. If this sounds like a fun tasting profile, it’s cause it really is!

Muse Le Rose

Grape: Syrah

Slightly bolder than it’s companions in this post, this wine looks like something Barbie would pick up, to be honest. It has notes of strawberries, cherries, and an angel’s kiss in springjoking – and peach, and it’s surprisingly good with a pepperoni pizza. Trust me on this one.

Aurora Rosé

Grape: Cabernet Franc

If you’re into French Loire rosés, this is their Lebanese cousin. Crisp like a green apple, it gives off the typical rosé strawberry with a side of floral notes and some blood orange.

Nuance by Chateau Ksara

Grapes: Malbec, Marselan, and Vermentino

I bet more than half of you think of Ksara Sunset when they hear the words “poolside rosé”. Love it or hate it, Sunset has become iconic in Lebanon. And now, Sunset has an older, much more elegant sister: Nuance. She’s less pink candy floss, and more on the peachy melon side.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Stay hydrated, slather on the SPF 50+, and see you soon with another glass of rosé!

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