Think pink: Where to drink rosé wine in Calgary

White wine is refreshing and red is rich and flavourful, but these days rosé is all the rage. Once considered a lesser wine, many top wineries are now producing high-quality pink wines that are perfect for all-season sipping. Check out these Calgary restaurants that have embraced the trend. [Image credit: iStock.com/Mark Swallow]

Pigeonhole

1
304 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Billed as a wine and snack bar, Pigeonhole has garnered significant attention for chef Justin Leboe’s innovative and often surprising small plates, and the restaurant also features a stellar wine list. Choose from rosés from France, the U.S. and Canada, including Bella sparkling rosé, which is becoming one of the Okanagan’s most buzzed-about wines.

Brasserie Kensington

2
100-1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

Sitting on the sidewalk patio beside the shipping container in the alley next to the Braisserie Kensington / Kensington Wine Bar has quickly become a warm weather ritual in Calgary, in part due to Container Bar’s strong drinks list (its affiliation with the wine bar doesn’t hurt here). Choose from a couple of different rosés, either by the bottle or the glass and enjoy a glass with some of Container Bar’s salty saloon snacks.

Alloy

3
220 42 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4

With its slightly industrial-inflected location just off of McLeod Trail, stepping into Alloy is like stepping out of the city for a moment, making it an ideal place for a rosé escape. The wine list is as varied and interesting as chef Rogelio Herrera’s globally inspired menu, with quality still and sparkling rosés to choose from. Enjoy its lush, oasis-like patio in summer.

River Cafe

4
25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

This picturesque restaurant on Prince’s Island Park is especially lovely in the summer months, and there’s nothing like sitting on its patio watching cyclists and pedestrians traverse the park as you sip on a crisp rosé. River Cafe takes its wine as seriously as it takes its impeccable Canadian cuisine and offers an extensive selection of rosé bottles from Europe and North America (or bring your own, and pay a $25 corkage fee).

Bar C

5
340 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

One of they city’s favourite cocktail bars (the fun and creative mixed drinks can contain anything from drinking vinegar to cotton candy), Bar C also offers a strong wine list featuring pours by the 50 ml glass, so you can sample a variety of vintages. There are a few rosés to choose from – drink as much or as little as you like, or mix and match with reds and whites.

Una Pizza & Wine

6
618 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4

Pizza is the central focus at Una – its thin-crust pies are delicious – but the wine part of the business is equally solid. Una’s wine list features a good half dozen still rosés (some available by the glass) as well as some sparkling varieties for those who prefer their pinks fizzy.

Blink Restaurant & Bar

7
111 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

This Stephen Avenue Walk restaurant features local ingredients and sustainably caught seafood in its contemporary Canadian dishes, but owner Leslie Echino’s passion is wine. She personally oversees Blink’s lengthy but well-curated wine list. Several interesting rosés are available by the bottle as well as for sipping by the glass.

Teatro

8
200 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K7

Located in the beautiful 1911 Dominion Bank building, Teatro’s wine cellar is in what was once the bank’s vault, so you know that the rosé is kept nice and cool. Teatro offers both still and sparkling rosés, In summer, enjoy them on the restaurant’s secluded patio overlooking Olympic Plaza.

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