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It is no secret that rosé has seen an increase in popularity, in recent years. It’s available on every wine list and all over Instagram with hashtags like #roséallday. It comes in traditional glass bottles and even in cans now. Rosé has been around forever, but it’s made a major comeback lately and we want to let you in on why it is the best comeback ever.
So, how is it made? The condensed version begins with the winemaker choosing a grape. It could be any black grape from Pinot Noir to Shiraz. Then, they crush the grapes and leave them to macerate in their own juices. Rosé is usually made with the same process as red wines and with the same grapes as well. The difference between rosé and your typical red is that rosé is left in contact with the grapes for less time than a red. This is why rosé has that delightful pink hue in your glass.
Last, they strain the mixture, and the juice leftover is then fermented to create your favourite rosé. Maceration is a very important step in the winemaking process, especially when it comes to rosé. When the juices sit in contact with the skin left on the grapes it changes the colour and the flavour of the wine being produced. Longer skin contact equals darker colouring, more tannins and different flavour profiles.
Rosé lands right in the middle of the road on intensity and flavours, which is why it is a wine that can be enjoyed by anyone. It is less powerful than your average red wine, but it is more robust than your typical white. Because it can be made with such a large variety of grapes, you have a wide range of interesting flavours, dryness levels and acidities to choose from.
If you’re new to this variety of wine and like something a bit sweeter and more approachable, you might want to try a Grenache rosé. This is a lighter-bodied, mildly acidic and fruity version of the drink. If you’re usually a red wine drinker that wants to wander into the fun world of rosés, a Tempranillo rosé might be your favourite choice, because it is juicy and refreshing with a bit of an acidic punch. You can also find rosé in sparkling form if you’d like to add some carbonation and a little bit of elegance to your glass.
As you read in Rose 101, rosé doesn’t sit for very long on its skins. It also doesn’t go through the rigorous ageing process that is required of many red wines. Because of these two factors, rosé is often very reasonably priced. You don’t have to dip into your savings to enjoy a yummy glass.
The wine can be made just about anywhere and with just about any grape. This means that you can find it on shelves all over the world. Rose is accessible and easy to find for the non-wine snob. Although, if you are an elite wine consumer, there are always top tier bottles of rosé to be enjoyed.
Wine and food pairing can be a daunting task for anyone. Reds and whites pair with vastly different foods. Acidity and sweetness can make a major difference on how well the wine you choose compliments what you’re serving. The great thing about rosé is that, because it is well-balanced in tartness and sweetness, you can pair it well with just about any cuisine. Rosés work well with seafood, white and red meats. They complement a charcuterie board with ease. If you’re dinner party guests have a wide range of tastes, a bottle of rosé is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Just because rosé is best served chilled, doesn’t mean that it’s only a drink for the summer season. Sure, a glass of rosé at your summer barbecue is lovely, but don’t stop pouring when the summer heat fades. A glass of chilled rosé can accompany a lamb shank with roasted vegetables effortlessly in winter. When spring rolls around and you can’t wait to get back to your favourite rooftop, why not mix rosé in with spirits and enjoy a floral cocktail? After summer has passed and the autumn coolness moves in, you can be bold and try an oak barrel-aged rosé paired with a creamy goat’s milk brie.
You know how rosé is made and what makes it such an easy wine to enjoy. Now, you can’t be misled to think that you can’t drink it anywhere, anyhow and any way that you choose. Join in on the trend, grab a bottle of rosé and hashtag away. #everydayroséwine
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