Rose is so much more than just a pink wine.

There are many Rose varieties, and they’re all different!

It’s tempting to drink a glass of Rose based on the color alone, but if that’s how you’re choosing your wine, you’re missing out!  

There are a huge amount of varieties to choose from.  Rose varieties can vary from very sweet to very dry.  They can range in color from a dark rich pink to a light delicate pale pink, and have flavors ranging from strawberries to black currant.

Choosing a Rose doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’re going to break down the 4 most common varieties to make choosing your next bottle a simple project!  Read about these 4 varieties and the next time you stop by Bill’s Package Store you’ll be able to pick a bottle based on the flavors you love, and not just your favorite colors of pink… blush and bashful!

Grenache Rosé

Grenache is known for flavors like Strawberry, Raspberry, Watermelon Candy, Lemonade, and Cucumber. This variety usually has a burst of sweet red fruit flavors and a finish that ends with zesty sweet lemon-like acidity.  Usually from Spain and Southern France, Grenache pairs well with spices and tomato, red pepper, or eggplant dishes.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Rose is known for flavors like Strawberry, Citrus Zest, Watermelon, Celery and White Cherry. Pinot Noir is usually a dry variety with a strong nose but tends to be more delicate on the palate. Pinot Noir Rose is usually from France, California, and Oregon. Pair this wine with fresh herbs like Thyme and rosemary, and fresh summery fares like corn dishes and fish.


The Sangiovese variety of rose is known for flavors like Sweet Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, and warm spices. Sangiovese is known for a forward flavor of red fruits that are complimented with a subtly spicy finish.  Generally from Italy and California, Sangiovese is bold enough to handle rich foods that might traditionally pair with a red wine variety.  Try a glass with Chinese food, or Italian favorites such as Caprese salad and prosciutto.


Syrah rosé wines are a spicier unique variety, it is known to contain notes of white pepper, red pepper, cured meat, lime zest, and cherry flavors. This is not your typical fruity rosé wine! These grapes do best in Southern France and California and are the perfect accompaniment to roasted vegetable pasta, lemon-garlic shrimp, and paella.

We encourage you to try several bottles of each variety of rose. Once you have tasted several vintages, you will be able to say what you like and even explore some bottles you might not have picked up before.  If you are looking for even more direction, speak to one of the experienced staff at Bill’s Package Store. We are experienced in helping people choose what they want to drink and at Bill’s Package Store we wouldn’t sell you anything that we wouldn’t serve on our own tables at home!

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