Nothing is quite as refreshing (and relaxing) as a glass of rosé during the summer. More often than not, this type of wine is criticized for its playful pink hue (brands like Franzia and Arbor Mist sure didn't help), but anyone who has an aversion to pink drinks needs to get over themselves and realize that rosé is the perfect summer libation.
You could say it was love at first sip with Domaine De Montmarin Les Oliviers 2014 Rosé. I found this remarkable rosé at Whole Foods at the even more remarkable price of $9.99. Unlike sophisticated reds and sparkling whites, rosé is an inexpensive wine to produce, thus the asking price hardly ever soars above twenty dollars. And while the adage "wine only gets better with age" rings true for other varieties, rosé is actually better when it's relatively fresh (no more than three years back). If you're interested in learning more about the somewhat rebellious rosé, read these articles on BuzzFeed, The New York Times and Wine Folly.
The Domaine De Montmarin Les Oliviers 2014 Rosé is lively, aromatic and dry. Like a Chardonnay, the Les Oliviers Rosé is creamy at first before opening up to other luscious, yet light, flavors cultivated all the way from Côtes-de-thongue. On its own, this pale pink bottle is a great apéritif (I can suck down three-fourths of a bottle in one sitting, but that's not something I would recommend). This wine also makes a great accompaniment to salad, cured meats and crudités. When you're sweltering in weather above a comfortable 75 degrees, all you'll want is a light meal anyways, so rosé will be able to wash down your food rather gently.
Rosé isn't the only rose-colored item I'm fawning over lately. Rose gold is my new favorite metal to incorporate into my style. I found this simplistic rose gold bracelet from Topman, and since it's actually stainless steel meant to look like the real deal, it only cost $24 (or nearly the price of two and half bottles of my favorite rosé). Pairing this bangle with warm tones in my wardrobe (like burgundy) creates an aura of luxury. One might even dare to drink rosé while wearing this metal.
Whether it's with a refreshing rosé, rose gold accessories or roses themselves (who wants to go on another hike with me up to Pittock Mansion?), I'm flush with a palette of pink this summer.