We don’t really need an excuse to open up a bottle of wine, but just in case, June 8th is National Rosé Day! This perfectly pink wine is bright, light, and flirty, ice cold, and ideal for sipping on the patio, by the pool, or at a backyard barbecue. It’s the official wine of summertime, and it has its very own day of celebration.

Rosé: A History

Rosé is a distinct type of wine bridging the spectrum between red and white and dating back as far as 600 BC. In the mid-1940s, a wine merchant from Portugal introduced American palates to the wonders of this pink drink, and by the 1970s it was officially a hit. It’s a misconception that rosés are made by mixing red and white wine. Generally made from the juice of red grapes, the color of rosé varies based on the time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice. There are rosé wines that are pale while others are deeply vibrant. Available still, semi-sparkling, or sparkling, each has different intensities of sweetness or dryness depending on the type of grape used.

About The Holiday

Held every year on the second Saturday in June, National Rosé Day originated with Bodvár, a Swedish Rosé House, to honor this delightful summer sipper. The first annual National Rosé Day was June 13, 2015, and the official celebration was held in the Hamptons. Since then, Bodvár has hosted official Rosé celebration parties in Los Angeles, Sweden, and France.

How To Celebrate

If you can’t make it to this year’s glamorous location for the Official Rosé Celebration, don’t worry, you can still rosé your way. Start by opening a bottle of your preferred color and intensity, from light orange to deep pink, dry or sweet. Gather together with friends and celebrate the summer with a rosé tasting, or experiment with rosé cocktails.

These are very versatile wines that complement many types of food, so head over to McCray’s Tavern in Lawrenceville to celebrate NationalRosé Day. While it would pair well with nearly anything, we recommend a glass or a bottle of our Boschendal Rosé with the Grilled Salmon or Tony Rigatoni.

Plunge into summer with a bottle of rosé, and celebrate the season. The sun’s out, the shades are on, and we’re ready to kick back and relax on our rooftop patio overlooking downtown Lawrenceville. Join us on June 8th for National Rosé Day, reserve a table with McCray’s Tavern in Lawrenceville today! 770.407.6754