According to our research, Summer Water Rosé is consumed most in these states: California, Texas, and New York. So naturally, we decided to come up with a pairing guide with regional favorites for wherever you may be sipping from.
As a California rosé, it would only be fitting to honor our roots by starting with the golden state first. Considering that it’s the largest state in the U.S., it’s fair to say that California is known for many things. To begin, we’ll start with the obvious.
The California Roll
Everyone knows the closer you are to the water, the fresher the seafood. And how convenient considering one of the most widely known rosé pairings is seafood? Since Summer Water is dry with bright acidity, it makes a perfect match for the crab and creamy avocado combo typically found in this Cali-inspired dish.
In-N-Out Cheeseburger, Animal Style
If you know, you know. We couldn’t help but stake our claim to the iconic burger joint by pairing it with our own California classic. When it comes to their Animal Style Cheeseburger, we’re dealing with spicy, sweet, tangy, and savory notes all at once. Rosé works really well with the combination because it brings a lot of ripe fruit and lush flavors while still having enough acidity to cut through even the richest of burgers. Pair the two together, and you’ve got yourself a proper afternoon delight.
Last stop on the California Flavor Express: fish tacos. We would be fools not to mention the abundance of authentic Mexican cuisine that California so-kindly graces us all with. I mean, it’s basically out of this world. As mentioned earlier, rosé and seafood are always a good combo, but add a nice little smoky flavor and some jalapeño and you’re really going to give your taste buds a treat.
NEXT STOP, TEXAS
You know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas, and when it comes to flavor — they weren’t kidding. Lucky for us, rosé happens to be an incredibly versatile option with grilled and barbecued foods.
Texas arguably has some of the best BBQ in the country, and what better way to feast than with some rosé by your side? Believe it or not, prime cuts on the fatty end such as beef brisket work really well with light rosé. The acidic and fruity notes strike a nice balance with BBQ meats. And who doesn’t want to be sipping on some chilled, refreshing rosé while cooking up a storm in the heat of the summer?
Now that we gave you the California take, it’s Texas’s turn. One of the many reasons we love rosé so much is that its bright, fruity profile is known to pair extremely well with cheese. So you can imagine that it’s a winner when paired with a cheese quesadilla, and one of our all-time favorite sides, queso! It also makes a nice match with steak fajitas as well thanks to its ability to harmonize fatty, prime cuts.
NEW YORK PAIRINGS
Last, but certainly not least is: New York. Dun, dun, du-nu-nu (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves). The northeast is known for its exquisite array of fresh seafood, so if that’s your jam then you’re about to be in paradise.
Anyone who resides in New York can attest to a certain itch they feel during the summer to get out of the city. Some head to the Hamptons or Nantucket while others go to Cape Cod. One thing all of those places have to offer is an abundance of fresh seafood. Luckily, Summer Water pairs swimmingly with lobster, oysters, scallops, and even salmon thanks to its light, acidic flavor profile.
To end our food tour, we’re finishing with a bang by pairing two ultimate guilty pleasures together. Some things were just made for each other, and we’ll say it again, cheese and rosé is one of them. Rosé is delicate enough to support the fresh basil flavors found in Margherita pizza while providing more grip than a white wine to handle the acidity of the sauce. So grab a bottle, fold your pizza, and have yourself a day!
That’ll do it for our rosé-filled food tour. Bon appétit!