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By Shivani Vora
May 7, 2015

The month of May marks the beginning of rosé-drinking season. But in the world of high-end wines, rosés have long had a reputation of being a pink-headed stepchild as oenophiles tend to think that the blends can never match the prestige of a red or white. That view has its points: most rosés cost less than $20 and by the end of peak summer drinking season, prices are slashed to single digits to clear shelves. And since rosés are usually aged for only four to six months, the newest bottles for sale are from the previous year’s vintage. Though the priciest bottles are imported from Provence, rosé blends are actually made in wine growing regions all over the world using red grapes from young vines or skins of red grapes for coloring.

Patrick Cappiello, the wine director and operating partner at the New York City restaurants Pearl & Ash and Rebelle, believes the dismissive attitude is unjust. “There are a handful of regal rosés out there which belong in any serious wine collection,” he says.

Here are five not-so-basic ones from California and France to buy in preparation for the warm weather ahead.

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