Rosé is probably the world's friendliest wine. It comes in a huge variety of styles, weights and colors, but pretty much all of them are easy sippers, refreshing and great wtih food. Especially summer food. So our friend Jimmy Santangelo, beverage director for Copper Onion, has declared the 2012 season "The Summer of Rosés."

Santangelo will be rotating over a dozen rose selections stating "in a range of styles from dry to 'off-dry', from many different wine growing regions throughout the world and from various grape varieties.”

When asked why to celebrate and create the “Summer of Rosé”, Santangelo says, “this is a style of wine which complements our food, the patio season and the company you are with...rosé is simply a delicious way to enjoy the summer.”

The “Summer of Rosé” wine selections are served by the quartino (9 ounces) and by the bottle. To view the current rosé wines available, contact Jimmy at jim@thecopperonion.com, and you will receive a complimentary copy of the list of rosé wines and their descriptions. 

Another rosé bonus: Many terrific ones are affordable. At home, we've been drinking a lot of Bucklin and Atrea rosés. 

In other wine news, Wine Enthusiast recently named two Utah restaurants to its list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America: Both Pago and Copper Onion made the cut.

Citing these "destination bottles": Frank Cornelissen NV Contadino 8 Red (Etna) Bedrock 2010 Ode to Lulu Rosé of Mourvèdre (Sonoma County) and M Squared 2004 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley) here's what else the reputation-making mag had to say about Pago. They loved the burger and the gnocchi.

At Copper Onion, WE editors were impressed by the Txomín Etxaníz 2006 Getariako TxakolinaHecht & Bannier 2008 Red (Minervois) and Juan Gil 2009 Monastrell (Jumilla) and paired Pierre Sparr’s 2009 Alsace One with French Onion Soup served with bone-marrow croutons. Here's the rest of the skinny.

Better stop by both restaurants for a celebratory glass. Or bottle.