June 12 is National Rosé Day! Ever since its founding in 2014, this special day has been celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. Every year on this day, wine enthusiasts across the country honor and commemorate the rose-colored wine they love so dearly by sharing it with friends in whichever way they enjoy it best, whether it be sweet, dry, sparkling, or still. Here are our top five places in New Orleans to enjoy or pick up a delicious rosé this June 12.
This French restaurant and wine bar serves seafood dishes and craft cocktails in eclectic styles in a courtyard scene. Co-founder and Chef Yuki Yamaguchi puts a Japanese touch on French cuisine at N7. Its wine selection is focused on small European winemakers known for a natural, handmade approach to winemaking with natural yeasts, no pesticides, and little to no added sulfites. Among these options is, of course, a rosé. 1117 Montegut St., n7nola.com.
St. James Cheese Company
This small sandwich shop and market at two locations in Uptown and the Warehouse District supplies sandwiches, salads, and gourmet cheeses like bries, blues, and gruyeres. They also have a select wine list including rosé wines ranging from light sea spray and strawberry aromas of Ameztoi Txakolina Rubentis Rosé to the hints of natural cranberry, raspberry, and fuji in RedThumb Rosé, as well as the other various sparkling rosé wine options they list. Multiple Locations, stjamescheese.com.
This stylish locale offers contemporary coastal Creole cuisine and craft cocktails in an industrial-chic Warehouse District setting. It boasts an entire menu dedicated solely for is extensive wine collection and a submenu within that menu just for rosé by the bottle. The options include: a bottle of NV Domaine Serene from Oregon for $85; a bottle of 2018 Flambeaux Rose from California for $60; a bottle of 2018 Chateau Miraval Cote-Du-Provence from France for $50; a bottle of 2018 Bieler Pere Et Fils also from France for $30 or a glass for $12; and a bottle of 2018 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Rose from California for $30 or a glass for $12. 701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496, briquette-nola.com.
Royal Frenchmen Hotel and Bar
This hotel is nestled in a 19th century Creole townhome just across the street from Washington Square Park and a short walk from the French Quarter. The hotel's bar has a good variety of draft beers, local beers, and imports, as well as red, white, or sparkling wine by glass. For a classic rosé wine, have a glass of delicious Honoro Vera Rosé for $9. For a sparkling rosé wine, go with a glass of Ruffino Sparkling Rosé for $9 or the bottle for $45. 700 Frenchmen St. #1614, 504-619-9660, royalfrenchmenhotel.com.
This cocktail bar and specialty wine store in Old Mandeville is just blocks from the Lakefront. It boasts a select wine club subscription and hosts pop-up events regularly. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month is Carousel Wine Tasting, a free wine tasting featuring wines from all over the world, including rosé wines like the dry and floral flavored 2019 Montes Cherub and the 2019 Angelo Negro. 2013 Jefferson St. Ste. B, Mandeville, 985-951-2400, grapefulape.com.