Rose in glassesRosés drunk straight from the fridge provide a refreshing drink, but you may not be tasting them at their best. Two rosés that taste best slightly cool rather than chillingly cold came to light while investigating this column – Chateau Bel Air Perponcher rosé from The Wine Society and Co-op Wombarra Shiraz rosé.

Wombarra roseFirst impressions don’t count, especially when they’re formed after being in the fridge for an hour. By then rosé wines will have reached their supposedly optimum serving temperature of 8 degrees Centigrade. At this temperature the Bel Air and Wombarra had almost no flavour and tasted only vaguely sweet.

Rather disappointed I put them down and wrote some wine column for 15 minutes.  Stopping for spot of inspiration, I took another slurp of the Bel Air – it tasted completely different. This indifferent rosé had turned into a wine that tasted of pureed strawberry sprinkled with vanilla sugar. It now tasted like a very enjoyable light rosé wine.

Wondering if the Wombarra had gone through a similar transformation, I took another sip. Again, there was now taste where there had been very little – now light flavours of sweet strawberry, redcurrant and milk chocolate.

Both these wines need to be treated with respect and served at a cool temperature - perfect for rosé wine lovers who want an aperitif.

PG Rosé Tips

£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Vina AlbaliVina Albali Spanish Tempranillo Rosé

£3.99 Morrisons (down from £4.99 until September 2)

Almost a light red with its mix of strawberry and blackcurrant flavours. Serve slightly chilled.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Stork’s Landing Portuguese Rosé

£4.49 Co-op (down from £8.99 until September 4)

Strawberry and raspberry flavours with a hint of spice.

Les Crouzes French Old Vines Rosé

£4.49 Co-op (down from £5.49 until September 4)

Floral aromas and summer fruit flavours.

Wombarra Australian Shiraz Rosé

£5.99 Co-op

Light red in colour with aromas of cherry cough drops and light fruity flavours mixed with a bit of milk chocolate. Very pleasant.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Chateau Bel Air Perponcher Bordeaux Reserve Rosé

£8.50 The Wine Society

An enjoyable rosé that shouldn’t be served too cool. Perfect as an aperitif with its light strawberry flavours.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on

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