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Rosé wines coming to store shelves and 2015 was a good year

If you look at things through rosé-tinted glasses, you won't want to miss Master of Wine Barbara Philip's picks for wine this week.

On The Coast Master of Wine says 2015 produced great rosés from Provence and beyond

On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip says 2015 produced excellent rosé wines from Provence and beyond. (Chris Pople/Flickr)

Late spring means rosé, so as June approaches, expect B.C. wine retailers to start turning pink.

That's what On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip says. The 2015 vintage has some excellent examples, especially from Provence, although other regions have their charms.

"In Spain and regions outside of Europe, styles tend to be richer with deeper colour and can match with more flavourful foods," she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn. "Rosé signifies the start of summer to me and I love the dry styles with delicate colour, aroma and flavour. I recommend them with springtime foods like wild salmon, spot prawns or fresh goat cheese."

If you're as big a fan of Rosé as Philip, you'll want to check out her picks for this week.

Domaine du Dragon. Cuvée Prestige. Côtes de Provence. France. 2015. $24.99

"This is classic Provençal rosé with a pale salmon colour, a fine minerality and fresh red berry aromas. It is made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre."

Terres de Saint Louis. Côteaux Varois en Provence. France. 2015. $18.99

"The vineyards in Côteaux Varois are at higher altitude than many in Provence (200-500m) and bring a particular freshness to the wines. Terres de Saint Louis is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah."

JoieFarm Rosé. Okanagan Valley. 2015. $18.99

"Dry and fuller bodied than a Provençal rosé, the JoieFarm has intense flavours of B.C. cherries and orange peel. It would stand up to beef or lamb on the grill."

Don Hugo Tempranillo Rosé. Spain. 2015. $8.99

"Simple and fresh with cherry and strawberry notes, this is an ideal patio wine. Try it with grilled fish."

With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast