You probably don’t need me—or anyone else for that matter—to tell you that rosé is still having its moment in the wine world. Rosé is everywhere. There has never been more of it made—internationally or locally—both in terms of style and volume.

Wineries that didn’t make rosé at all even a decade ago now are. Some wineries that made one version now make two, three, up to nine different rosé wines every year. We even have a winery on the North Fork that focuses exclusively on the style, Croteaux Vineyards.

Some of these wines are very good—even great—but many are also mediocre afterthoughts in a winery’s portfolio, perhaps made only to capitalize on the style’s current popularity. That popularity started as American wineries moved beyond our country’s most popular rosé—white zinfandel—and began making drier, better-made, better-tasting wines from a variety of grapes in a variety of different ways.

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About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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