The crisp, dry flavors of rosé have made this pink beauty a popular summer refreshment. Whether you’re a wine expert, novice, or just someone who wants to enjoy starry summer nights with a glass in hand, here are some of the best ways to drink rosé in Austin.
Enjoy the rosé-based Soul Sangria cocktail upon check-in to certain suites at this poolside oasis. Or, venture down the street to their sister destination Hotel San Jose for a glass of the Jolie Folle rosé. 112 Academy Dr., 512-852-2400
Brunch at this spot always promises a unique experience, with food options like chicken fried beef cheeks with poblano gravy and drinks like their Mettle Mimosa, which uses rosé cava to give a signature twist to the beloved cocktail. 507 Calles St., 512-236-1022
Enjoy the view from the cozy patio at this locale boasting an extensive wine list (available at all three locations). For the indecisive drinker who likes something sparkling, there’s a rosé flight that highlights pours from Spain and France, along with a rosé of the day during the summer months. The kitchen is not to be missed either, with fresh bistro-style bites like crabcake salad. 800 W. Sixth St., 512-236-1440
Dishes at Lenoir are locally sourced, so why not the wine? When superstar Austin sommelier Rae Wilson produced her first (and highly lauded) foray at winemaking, Dandy Rosé, Lenoir was one of the first restaurants in-the-know enough to snap it up before it sold out. Enjoy a bottle of their French options over three magical courses, or simply snack and sip in their delightful wine garden. 1807 S. First St., 512-215-9778
If you need some advice on what to drink, head over to the helpful experts at East End Wines. This converted 1890s manor now houses stacks upon stacks of wine at every obscurity level and price point, and offers free weekly tastings. For a small corkage fee, you can enjoy your purchase (we suggest the 2014 rosé from Willamette Valley’s Teutonic Wine Company) with the culinary delights of the raved-about on-site food truck, Three Little Pigs. 1209 Rosewood, 512-904-9056
If you’re looking to make a daytrip or weekend of it, book an appointment at Lewis Wines. Only an hour from Austin, this vineyard has a brand-new tasting pavilion and luscious wines worth the drive, including the Mourvèdre and the High Plains rosés, the latter of which expertly mixes young tart strawberries and cherries, watermelon, and herbs. 3209 Highway 290 W., Johnson City, 512-987-0660