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Show up with this bottle of rosé and you'll be welcomed with open arms. (Image: Barnard Griffin)

One of the best rosés in the U.S. is a Washingtonian

Rob Griffin knows wine. He’s been making it since 1977, longer than any other winemaker in the state.

Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard, opened Barnard Griffin Winery in Richland, WA in 1983, where the focus is master quality wine throughout their entire line.

One of those varietals, in particular, is killing it against the competition.

The Rosé of Sangiovese recently won the Sweepstake award for best rosé at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The is the 10th(!) time the Barnard Griffin rosé has won gold or better in the largest American wine competition in the world.

Pretty impressive, if you ask us.

What makes an award-winning rosé? From the words of Barnard Griffin:

“A luscious array of strawberry, melon and cranberry notes are backed-up by crisp, palate-cleansing acidity. These flavors are expansive, persisting through the long, satisfying finish.”

The best part? BG’s Rosé of Sangiovese is affordable, so you can show up to your next dinner party/Netflix and chill with an amazing bottle of wine, knowing you made a responsible fiscal choice.

One final note: this isn’t a bottle you let sit until next summer. In the words of Rob Griffin himself (from a 2015 interview with Great Northwest Wine), “‘Chill it and kill it’ is the perfect description.”

Barnard Griffin Winery is situated in south-central Washington at the confluence of the Yakima, Columbia, and Snake rivers, in the heart of Washington State's wine country. The winery works closely with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality. For more information, visit