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14 Summery Rosé Wines to Drink Right Now in Vancouver

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"Tis the season to drink pink wine, so we asked Eater Wine Editor, Kurtis Kolt to compile a list of where to kick off patio season in the pink.
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Hooray for the days getting longer and the sun starting to shine a little more! Along with beaches and barbecues, this changing of the seasons always brings a tidal wave of rosés into the market, and there's plenty of times that there's nothing I'd rather drink. Sure, we all have our favourites, but why stick to the same-old standbys when local pros have done diligent research to find new and exciting bottles? I reached out to a dozen sommelier and restaurateur pals to see what they're excited to pour this season, and the variety already has my mouth watering. These are the pink wines you need to drink around Vancouver right now!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vij’s Rangoli

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1488 W 11th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6H 1L1, Canada
(604) 736-5711
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Unsworth Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé – Vancouver Island, BC - $9.75/glass.
Mike Bernardo is the guy who oversees the wine program for all of the restaurants in Vikram Vij’s ever-growing local empire. It’s over at Rangoli where he pours this cult-favourite and critic's darling from Vancouver Island that offers, “An abundance of fresh, red berries and finishes crisp and dry.”

2. Edible Canada at the Market

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1596 Johnston St., Vancouver
BC V6H 3R9, Canada
(604) 682-6681
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Clos du Soleil 2013 Rosé – Similkameen Valley, BC - $10.50/glass.
As food and beverage director Courtney Massion enjoys her honeymoon, her team is, “Really digging this 100 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, and it’s as fresh as can be since it’s poured on tap.” Since it fits the bill as a perfect pairing, they’ve had that tap constantly flowing in conjunction with local spot prawn season.

3. Cactus Club Cafe

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1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver
BC V6E 1V3, Canada
(604) 681-2582
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Domaine de Mirabeau 2013 Rosé - Côtes de Provence, France - $10/glass.
Sebastien Le Goff is both service director and sommelier for the Cactus Club Café, and is pouring the Mirabeau at their Coal Harbour and English Bay locations. “This refreshing, dry pink wine from the southeast part of France is floral and delicious,” he says. “It’s the perfect paring to Dungeness crab, salmon or sablefish from the BC coast.”

4. Tap & Barrel

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1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 235-9827
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Stoneboat 2013 'Faux Pas' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $9.50/glass
“This 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage is exclusively on tap at both Tap & Barrel locations,” shares wine director David Stansfield. “It's never been offered outside of Stoneboat's wine shop in Oliver, except at the Tap & Barrel. The wine is a vibrant pink rosé, bursting with ripe watermelon, strawberry, rhubarb, and pink grapefruit with a lemon-thyme undercurrent. Perfect for crushing on the patio, or pairing with everything.”

5. Cactus Club Cafe

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1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
BC V6C 0C3, Canada
(604) 620-7410
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Domaine de Mirabeau 2013 Rosé - Côtes de Provence, France - $10/glass
Sebastien Le Goff is both service director and sommelier for the Cactus Club Café, and is pouring the Mirabeau at their Coal Harbour and English Bay locations. “This refreshing, dry pink wine from the southeast part of France is floral and delicious,” he says. “It’s the perfect paring to Dungeness crab, salmon or sablefish from the BC coast.”

6. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

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1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada
(604) 688-8078
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Château De Brigue 2013 - Côtes de Provence, France - $12.50/glass.
New on the list from wine director Andrea Vescovi, this blushing, Provençal wonder. “...has subtle notes of strawberry and peach that are balanced with citrus acidity, he says. “It offers great value and is ideal for warm summer nights on our patio.”

7. Homer St. Cafe and Bar

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898 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2W5, Canada
(604) 428-4299
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Kanazawa 2013 'Sakura' Pinot Noir Rose – Okanagan Valley, BC - $11/glass.
“From Richard Kanazawa, one of the Okanagan’s maverick winemakers, comes this deliciously provocative and small-batch 100 per cent Pinot Noir Rosé, says wine director Alex Thornley. “It bursts with sour raspberries, rhubarb and wild cherries with a little subtle citrus in there, too.”

8. Chambar

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562 Beatty St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L3, Canada
(604) 879-7119
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Le Vieux Pin 2013 'Vaila' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $12/glass.
“We love pouring this gem because of its exceptionally authentic capture of BC's red-toned purity of Pinot Noir,” says sommelier Jason Yamasaki. “It's a bone-dry style that showcases a quenching red-berry splash adrift Pinot's defining tone of summer forest floor.”

9. Wildebeest

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120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada
(604) 687-6880
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Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé – Jura, France - $17/glass.
Wine director Brooke Delves has gone the sparkling route for the season with this biodynamic glass of bubble. “It’s full of watermelon, rhubarb, strawberry, brioche and macadamia, and as interesting as it is drinkable,” she shares. “And it’s great with everything on our menu from pork rinds to veal brain and, of course, artisan cheese.”

10. L’Abattoir

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217 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J2, Canada
(604) 568-1701
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Pareto's Blend 2013 - Okanagan Valley, BC - $12/glass.
Sommelier Robert Herman is loving this, “Dry, food-friendly, and 'outside the box' blend of 80 per cent Viognier and 20 per cent Syrah,” crafted by Cynthia and David Enns of Naramata’s Laughing Stock Winery in tandem with Vij’s sommelier Mike Bernardo. “Adding the juice of a red grape to the Viognier brings a whole new dimension to the wine.”

11. Sardine Can

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26 Powell, Vancouver
BC, Canada
Chivite Gran Feudo 2012 Rosado – Navarra, Spain - $8/glass.
The Sardine Can’s Michel Durocher keeps things breezy with this pink Garnacha that they serve in tumblers, as any classic tapas bar should. “It has a beautiful, light strawberry colour, super acidity and very bright fruit.” Perfect for salty snacks and warm evenings.

12. The Parker

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237 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 3A1, Canada
(604) 779-3804
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Bodegas Sierra Norte 2013 Pasión de Bobal - Utiel-Requena, Spain - $10/glass
Owner Steve Da Cruz shares that he loves serving this rosé containing elements of cassis and minerality, “Because it's slightly dry with hardly any sweetness, and the bouquet is quite exotic. Also, a lot of folks are unfamiliar with Bobal, this indigenous variety from Spain, so it makes a great talking point with guests.”

13. Tap & Barrel

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1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
BC V5Y 0B1, Canada
(604) 685-2223
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Stoneboat 2013 'Faux Pas' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $9.50/glass
“This 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage is exclusively on tap at both Tap & Barrel locations,” shares wine director David Stansfield. “It's never been offered outside of Stoneboat's wine shop in Oliver, except at the Tap & Barrel. The wine is a vibrant pink rosé, bursting with ripe watermelon, strawberry, rhubarb, and pink grapefruit with a lemon-thyme undercurrent. Perfect for crushing on the patio, or pairing with everything.”

14. Via Tevere

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1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 4G5, Canada
(604) 336-1803
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Pentâge 2012 Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $8.50/glass.
Join the line-ups at Via Tevere for killer, wood-fired pizza and this lovely pink wine. Wine director Danielle Felix says that, “It has bright acidity to compliment both our tomato sauce and creamy fior di latte, and has a lovely depth of fruit and savoury notes that are fantastic with cured meats and sausage.”

1. Vij’s Rangoli

1488 W 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1L1, Canada
Unsworth Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé – Vancouver Island, BC - $9.75/glass.
Mike Bernardo is the guy who oversees the wine program for all of the restaurants in Vikram Vij’s ever-growing local empire. It’s over at Rangoli where he pours this cult-favourite and critic's darling from Vancouver Island that offers, “An abundance of fresh, red berries and finishes crisp and dry.”
1488 W 11th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6H 1L1, Canada

2. Edible Canada at the Market

1596 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Clos du Soleil 2013 Rosé – Similkameen Valley, BC - $10.50/glass.
As food and beverage director Courtney Massion enjoys her honeymoon, her team is, “Really digging this 100 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, and it’s as fresh as can be since it’s poured on tap.” Since it fits the bill as a perfect pairing, they’ve had that tap constantly flowing in conjunction with local spot prawn season.
1596 Johnston St., Vancouver
BC V6H 3R9, Canada

3. Cactus Club Cafe

1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3, Canada
Domaine de Mirabeau 2013 Rosé - Côtes de Provence, France - $10/glass.
Sebastien Le Goff is both service director and sommelier for the Cactus Club Café, and is pouring the Mirabeau at their Coal Harbour and English Bay locations. “This refreshing, dry pink wine from the southeast part of France is floral and delicious,” he says. “It’s the perfect paring to Dungeness crab, salmon or sablefish from the BC coast.”
1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver
BC V6E 1V3, Canada

4. Tap & Barrel

1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Stoneboat 2013 'Faux Pas' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $9.50/glass
“This 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage is exclusively on tap at both Tap & Barrel locations,” shares wine director David Stansfield. “It's never been offered outside of Stoneboat's wine shop in Oliver, except at the Tap & Barrel. The wine is a vibrant pink rosé, bursting with ripe watermelon, strawberry, rhubarb, and pink grapefruit with a lemon-thyme undercurrent. Perfect for crushing on the patio, or pairing with everything.”
1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada

5. Cactus Club Cafe

1085 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
Domaine de Mirabeau 2013 Rosé - Côtes de Provence, France - $10/glass
Sebastien Le Goff is both service director and sommelier for the Cactus Club Café, and is pouring the Mirabeau at their Coal Harbour and English Bay locations. “This refreshing, dry pink wine from the southeast part of France is floral and delicious,” he says. “It’s the perfect paring to Dungeness crab, salmon or sablefish from the BC coast.”
1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
BC V6C 0C3, Canada

6. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, Canada
Château De Brigue 2013 - Côtes de Provence, France - $12.50/glass.
New on the list from wine director Andrea Vescovi, this blushing, Provençal wonder. “...has subtle notes of strawberry and peach that are balanced with citrus acidity, he says. “It offers great value and is ideal for warm summer nights on our patio.”
1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada

7. Homer St. Cafe and Bar

898 Homer St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5, Canada
Kanazawa 2013 'Sakura' Pinot Noir Rose – Okanagan Valley, BC - $11/glass.
“From Richard Kanazawa, one of the Okanagan’s maverick winemakers, comes this deliciously provocative and small-batch 100 per cent Pinot Noir Rosé, says wine director Alex Thornley. “It bursts with sour raspberries, rhubarb and wild cherries with a little subtle citrus in there, too.”
898 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2W5, Canada

8. Chambar

562 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, Canada
Le Vieux Pin 2013 'Vaila' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $12/glass.
“We love pouring this gem because of its exceptionally authentic capture of BC's red-toned purity of Pinot Noir,” says sommelier Jason Yamasaki. “It's a bone-dry style that showcases a quenching red-berry splash adrift Pinot's defining tone of summer forest floor.”
562 Beatty St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L3, Canada

9. Wildebeest

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé – Jura, France - $17/glass.
Wine director Brooke Delves has gone the sparkling route for the season with this biodynamic glass of bubble. “It’s full of watermelon, rhubarb, strawberry, brioche and macadamia, and as interesting as it is drinkable,” she shares. “And it’s great with everything on our menu from pork rinds to veal brain and, of course, artisan cheese.”
120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada

10. L’Abattoir

217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Canada
Pareto's Blend 2013 - Okanagan Valley, BC - $12/glass.
Sommelier Robert Herman is loving this, “Dry, food-friendly, and 'outside the box' blend of 80 per cent Viognier and 20 per cent Syrah,” crafted by Cynthia and David Enns of Naramata’s Laughing Stock Winery in tandem with Vij’s sommelier Mike Bernardo. “Adding the juice of a red grape to the Viognier brings a whole new dimension to the wine.”
217 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J2, Canada

11. Sardine Can

26 Powell, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Chivite Gran Feudo 2012 Rosado – Navarra, Spain - $8/glass.
The Sardine Can’s Michel Durocher keeps things breezy with this pink Garnacha that they serve in tumblers, as any classic tapas bar should. “It has a beautiful, light strawberry colour, super acidity and very bright fruit.” Perfect for salty snacks and warm evenings.
26 Powell, Vancouver
BC, Canada

12. The Parker

237 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A1, Canada
Bodegas Sierra Norte 2013 Pasión de Bobal - Utiel-Requena, Spain - $10/glass
Owner Steve Da Cruz shares that he loves serving this rosé containing elements of cassis and minerality, “Because it's slightly dry with hardly any sweetness, and the bouquet is quite exotic. Also, a lot of folks are unfamiliar with Bobal, this indigenous variety from Spain, so it makes a great talking point with guests.”
237 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 3A1, Canada

13. Tap & Barrel

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1, Canada
Stoneboat 2013 'Faux Pas' Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $9.50/glass
“This 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage is exclusively on tap at both Tap & Barrel locations,” shares wine director David Stansfield. “It's never been offered outside of Stoneboat's wine shop in Oliver, except at the Tap & Barrel. The wine is a vibrant pink rosé, bursting with ripe watermelon, strawberry, rhubarb, and pink grapefruit with a lemon-thyme undercurrent. Perfect for crushing on the patio, or pairing with everything.”
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
BC V5Y 0B1, Canada

14. Via Tevere

1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 4G5, Canada
Pentâge 2012 Rosé – Okanagan Valley, BC - $8.50/glass.
Join the line-ups at Via Tevere for killer, wood-fired pizza and this lovely pink wine. Wine director Danielle Felix says that, “It has bright acidity to compliment both our tomato sauce and creamy fior di latte, and has a lovely depth of fruit and savoury notes that are fantastic with cured meats and sausage.”
1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 4G5, Canada