The sun is out and so is the rosé

There are so many rosés around right now it is difficult to know where to start picking one. I’ve tasted through about 50 over the course of the summer – so far! – and can recommend these three, all at different price points:

Floracao Rosé 2019, Lisboa, Portugal (Majestic, £7.99 or £6.99 as part of mixed six bottles)

There’s red cherry and light cassis in this refreshing, dry pink from the area around Lisbon. It’s well priced so a good one for a garden party or big picnic. Floracao means ‘blossoming’ in Portuguese, by the way.

Tanners Rosé 2019, Cotes de Gascogne, France (Tanners,, £8.60)

Tanners’ house rosé has often been one of my top buys, and the youthful new 2019 vintage is every bit as good as ever. There’s a juicy, fresh strawberry heart to it and the flavour lingers long.

Simpsons Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, Kent, England (Waitrose, £14.99, down to £11.99 until 25 August)

An exquisite, beautifully balanced English rosé made from pinot noir with delicate and complex notes of citrus, peach and red berries, dry but not the least bit sour. What a treat – snap it up while it’s on offer.

Susy Atkins
31st July 2020
Susy is familiar to many wine & food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on BBC1’s flag-ship cookery show Saturday Kitchen, which attracts 2 – 3 million viewers each week. Before that, she was a resident wine expert on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy. She has also appeared as a guest on TV’s Market Kitchen, UK Food channel programmes such as Great Food Live, and broadcast numerous times on BBC Radio 4 for programmes such as Excess Baggage, Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme.