National Rosé day has come and gone, and I had no idea what to drink until the Instagram heavens parted, and I was reminded of Patrick Cappielo's beautiful 40 Ounce Rosé from Renégat Wines. While I’ve been a fan of Cappielo’s YouTube videos covering the best cheapest wines, I didn’t hear about this Rosé till he featured it on his Instagram on National Rosé Day. But upon cursory research I learned this wine has been featured in the Times, Bon Appétit multiple times, and Eater as the wine for summer and as one of the best affordable Rosés on the market.
Seeing a Rosé this gigantic, I had no idea what the taste would be like. Would it taste like other giant-bottled wines I’ve had? Would it taste as amazing as that color looked?? Would I turn into a bottle of Rosé this large if I drink it like Alice in Wonderland??? I was so intrigued I had to go to Whole Foods (where it was also on sale, WIN), and figure this all out for myself.
The wine is from French winemaker Julien Braud, a man committed to true organic winemaking practices, creating wines with the greatest care that is basically beyond my comprehension (he even uses horses for his soil compaction to reduce harm to the soil -- how wonderful is that??). Organic wine is not something anyone can just claim, but means that winemaker followed official USDA organic practices through the entire wine making process, which is no small feat. For Braud the worth of this is made evidently clear -- his 2016 Rosé sold out so quickly due to it being so ridiculously good (and only available in like 5 states). Thankfully, the Rosé lover’s wine dream prayer came true: it started being carried in local grocery stores, and I was able to snag a 2017 Rosé!
OK enough boring stuff -- let me tell you about what this bad boy actually tasted like. On the nose, it reminds me of cotton candy, Nerds rope, and STRONG strawberries. It tastes juicy, like you could just keep drinking it and not feel sick or gross OR guilty (like how you could just down a bowl of strawberries on a 75 degree Saturday afternoon -- or is that just me?). I’d pair this with just about anything really, but probably a really hearty chicken. This is perfect for pre-partying or relaxing, whatever you find yourself up to this summer (hopefully lots of both).
This is a wine you will not be embarrassed or nervous to serve to your friends or parents, and can proudly plan a nice, fancy, not-to-show-off-to-your-friends-but-secretly-you’re-showing-off-to-your-friends dinner around.
Overall, this wine was surprisingly delicious. The color was a beautiful light pink/orange, and the taste was not overly sweet or sugary, while still being sweet enough to feel like a treat. For most people who experience mediocre crappy Rosés and have never had a real Rosé (which is like most people under 25), you should buy this wine for the crazy cheap price that it is and fix that.
As well, it’d be impossible to write a review about this wine without commenting on the packaging. How adorable and ridiculous is that giant malt liquor bottle? Incredibly approachable for young people, you just can’t take yourself too seriously when holding or drinking it. The label is gorgeous and designed by Carolyn Frisch, and will the screw cap closure makes for easy access to just get to the drinking. Chill the crap out of this wine, grab a straw (yes, I said that), and you are ready to chillax.
For purchasing: Head to your Whole Foods, or www.fortyouncewines.com to see where your nearest supplier is. Happy Drinking!
Andddd here's a cute drawing I did because why not: