Wölffer Estate, Rosé Table Wine (Hamptons, New York 2013; $17)
We buy this rosé by the half-case in my house, all summer long. It’s delightful in all the ways you want a rosé to be—fresh, ripe strawberries; crisp and refreshing; dry enough to keep you reaching for the next sip. But more than that, it carries memories for me. We first drank it on a friend’s backyard porch in the Hamptons, over a long, slow weekend filled with lots and lots of real conversation. So for my house, it’s summer in a bottle. And that’s an important thing about wine; the context matters as much as the tasting notes. We can choose from a million rosés under $20. We pick this one not only because it tickles our hearts as well as our palates.