Think Pink and Discover Rosé!
When considering what wine to drink in the summer, thoughts often turn to Rosé. But what is really behind this dry and refreshing wine?
How is Rosé made?
The old myth about Rosé is that it is made by mixing red wine and white wine together. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Rosé wine is made from red grapes in which the pressed juice remains in contact with the skins for period of time. The longer the contact, the darker the color of the resulting wine which is why you’ll see various shades or hues of Rosé from different producers.
Rosé can be made from just about any grape but the most common ones used include Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo as well as lesser-known varietals such as Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault.
What does it taste like?
The taste of Rosé can vary from bone-dry to a slightly sweet finish. There are also many sparkling versions. Interestingly the color of the wine does not correlate to the taste. Paler Rosés may have complex aromas and deep flavors while darker ones might be drier and more restrained. Rosé is best served chilled like white wine, but should be cool, not ice cold, to truly appreciate the flavors.
What foods go best with Rosé?
Most Rosés show remarkable versatility when it comes to food pairings thanks to their bright acidity and low level of tannins. Very dry Rosés best complement with lighter foods like fish, chicken, ham, charcuterie and salads. Rosés with a slightly sweeter profile work well with spicy dishes or barbeque as the sweetness helps counter the heat, salt and smokiness of these foods. And of course, most Rosés are wonderful on their own, especially when shared with friends on leisurely summer afternoon!
How to find a good bottle
Unlike red wine, most Rosés are not meant to be aged so look for recent vintages within the previous 2-3 years. Anything much older is likely to taste flat and dull. Most winemaking regions of the world produce Rosé so you’ll find excellent options from France, Spain (rosado), Italy (rosato), Germany (Rosewein) Australia, South Africa and California just to name a few.