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The Hit List: 5 Spots for Refreshing Rosé

Robin Barr Sussman | August 23, 2016 | Feature Features

Summer's here for a little longer, so cool down with a crisp, fruity glass of rosé at one of these hot spots. Cheers to chilling out!
Glasses of KUU's rosé

1. Hot bar Canard (4721 N. Main St., 713.864.2408) is dispensing a Chamberyzette-based frosé—think of it as an adults-only slushy—with fresh strawberries soaked in blanco wine, vermouth and rosé wine. Options are to top the frozen potion with port, apricot liqueur or other tantalizing spirit flavors.

Looking for a wine to pair with everything? Hunky Dory (1801 N. Shepherd Dr., 713.864.2450) sports an impressive list of French rosés that play well with the British-American fare. Try the elegant Domaine de la Fouquette or the crisp Jean-Francois Merieau, both served by the glass.

KUU (947 Gessner Rd., 713.461.1688) recently rolled out a juicy list of West Coast rosé wines to cool you off and enhance its complex Japanese dishes. Look for Alexana from Houstonian Dr. Revana—it’s an exclusive for H-Town—or Stoller rosé, both from the Willamette Valley. Or opt for a glass of the Paradigm from Napa Valley or Wind Gap from Cali’s North Coast.

Sommelier Marc Borel recently added “froze” to the cocktail list at the Rainbow Lodge (2011 Ella Blvd., 713.861.8666). The potion is a frozen blend of French Souviou rosé wine, sherry, lemon and Luxardo cherry liqueur. Also enjoy an extensive list of invigorating rosé wines by the glass and bottle to pair with the wild game menu.

Guests sometimes forget that Underbelly (1100 Westheimer Rd., 713.528.9800) not only serves but also sells wine at great prices! Wine expert Matthew Pridgen suggests snagging these rosés now: A personal fave of his, the 2015 Hexamer Spätburgunder Weissherbst Nahe has racy acidity and a dry finish, or try the Serol Cotes Roannaise, a charmer with bright berry flavors that pairs with barbecue chicken and ribs.


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