In recent years, American vintners have started to produce rosés that can easily rival the Old World's best offerings. With summer just around the corner, these wines are worth exploring -- and stocking up on.
This week, more than 100 wine producers are gathering in San Francisco to celebrate America's take on the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France's Rhone Valley. The producers -- known collectively as the "Rhone Rangers" -- trace their roots to the 1980s, when a small group of California vintners dedicated to these varieties began meeting informally.
Today's wine drinkers are confident in their palates and willing to trust the advice of amateur critics. With Parker's decline, this trend will accelerate.