The Wine Bar (and attached full restaurant Provence Marinaside) in Yaletown has the best and biggest rose wine by the glass list in Vancouver, with 23 selections. Sommelier Joshua Carlson expanded the rose wine list a few months ago, adding some of his favourites from across the world, as well as a few from our favourite wineries right here in BC. The list is not only long, but eclectic, giving an option for every rose lover’s unique palate. We tasted each and every rose (not in the same sitting, don’t worry!), and here are 6 stand-outs, from lightest to biggest:
Maison Charlotte Belle Cuvee Rose, Cotes de Provence, $13/glass. Light, refreshing, and easy drinking, this is a safe bet for anyone who wants a crisp, fresh glass of rose while sitting on the sunny patio. You cannot find this rose at any other restaurant in Vancouver, so grab a glass of this exclusive rose while it lasts – you’ll feel like you’re chilling on a yacht in St. Tropez.
Garzon Pinot Noir Rose, Maldonado, Uruguay, $13/glass. We love this dry, fruity rose from Uruguay. It’s light and refreshing and easy as a patio sipper, but would also taste great paired with food. It’s also low in sulphites, and vegan.
Rimauresq Cru Classe Rose, Cotes de Provence, $19/glass. Decanter World Awards 2017 gave this wine 97 points and awarded it Platinum Best in Show for Best Value Rose. You can judge for yourself (we agree that it is delicious, and would say that this is exactly how a Provence wine should taste).
Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rose, Okanagan Falls, BC, $10/glass. We met owners Daniel and Kristine at last year’s Garagiste Wine Festival and loved their wines as well as their passion for their winemaking. Their wines are extremely limited, so grab a glass of this Provence-style Okanagan rose while you can because it’s sold out at the winery (and sells out every year)!
Sea Star Pinot Noir Rose, Pender Island, BC, $14/glass. This rose is so intriguing. The winery is on BC’s Pender Island, and you can taste this. There is something salty and coastal about the rose, which would pair great with some fresh BC seafood.
Joie Farm Chic Fille Pinot Meunier Rose, Naramata BC, $19/glass. This is Joie Winemaker Heidi Noble’s side project, and I was thrilled to see it on the wine list here because I’ve had a hard time getting my hands on this in Vancouver. This limited edition rose is big, savoury, and juicy like watermelon. It’s weighty enough to pair with meat, but so interesting, fresh, and complex that you’ll enjoy sipping it on its own as well.
Below is the full list to work your way through. Happy rose drinking!