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This week's top picks

three kinds of rosato

The name of the rosato?

Just as there’s more than one way to say rosé, there are an infinite number of ways to drink pink. Here are three of our favorite recent arrivals, each with a distinctive shade of deliciousness. Three spellings, three countries, three seductive shades of pink and three delicious ways to fill your glass with lively, lovely rosé!

Firesteed pinot noir rosé — $13.50

Firesteed has been quietly making delicious wines of superb value right from the get-go. All that's changed is that they just keep getting even better. Case in point, this fresh, lively rosé, with intense aromas of kiwi-tinged wild strawberry that develop into creamy rainier cherry flavors on the palate. A bright, balanced beauty.

Tenuta Sant’Antonio “Scaia” rosato Veneto IGT — $12.50

Like its red and white siblings, this lovely rosato is a sensory magic carpet, a non-stop to the hills of the Veneto. The light, coppery-pink color is a fitting prelude to wafts of cherry and roses (hips and petals), tinted with a wisp of wild, forest-floor strawberry that repeat in a fresh, lively, satisfying texture of flavors.

Ontañon Rosado Rioja — $11

When we first tasted this wine in Spain a few years ago, we were shocked (and dismayed) that it wasn't available outside Rioja. Not to worry, though. After a little convincing, our friends at Ontanon agreed to give it a try, and, well, here it is, back for a third season. Sleek, crisp, spicy and a little bit tangy, it allies aromas and flavors of wild strawberry and citrus rind in almost too-easy- to-drink deliciousness.

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