Is it spring yet? The trees' leaves have started to pop and tulips are in full bloom so it must be. And that can only mean one thing: rosé season! Rosé often gets a bad rap for not being a "serious" wine, but the fun thing about rosé is that there are so many flavors and varieties to try. Fruity, juicy or light, crisp and refreshing: always a perfect match for warming spring days. Add to rosé's perennial appeal, the fact that this season, sparkling rosé seems to be the apparent rage, making an appearance in all sorts of wine-lovers' reviews.
Love rosé but don't know where to drink it? Or new to the pink stuff and want to test the waters? Then grab that light scarf and some sunglasses and check out the five restaurants and bars below to start sampling the tastes of spring. Cheers!
Café Muse – This Royal Oak establishment not only has a number of rosé bottles to choose from (including a sparkling rosé), but rumor has it that they may be hosting "rosé on the patio" evenings this spring. Go to their website for more details in the weeks to come.
418 South Washington Avenue
Royal Oak, MI
Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro – Ding ding ding: French brut rosé by the glass! Don't need a whole bottle of bubbles? Understandable. So why not hop on the sparkling rosé trend with just a glass. It's the perfect aperitif; or pair it with shellfish or even spicy dishes.
155 South Bates Street
Joe Muer Seafood – On the other hand, if headed out for a swanky evening with friends and a shared bottle is just what's in order, look no further than Joe Muer Seafood in the Ren Cen. With multiple sparkling and flat rosés to choose from, there's sure to be a bottle that pleases everyone's palette.
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 1404
24grille – Touted as having Detroit's only champagne bar, it stands to reason that 24grille in the Westin Book Cadillac would have a few sparkling rosés to try. Not all available by the glass, ask the wait staff to point out ones that aren't necessarily obviously labeled "rosé" such as the Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs.
204 Michigan Ave
Cork Wine Pub – If the words "wine pub" are in the name of the restaurant, they must have a good selection right? Cork in Pleasant Ridge features a sparkling white and a sparkling rosé from Michigan winery M. Lawrence on the Leelenau Peninsula. Additionally, they have a rosé by the glass from California. Lastly, and most importantly, purchases of retail bottles are 35% in their wine shop.
23810 Woodward Avenue
Pleasant Ridge, MI
Found a hidden gem with a wide array of rosés? Send your favorite recommendations our way! Happy tasting – cheers!-By Hannah Lowe
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