Say what you will about it, Rosé wine has risen in popularity over the years and, since Rosé season starts this weekend, we’ll tell a few interesting bits about this infamous pink brew that you probably never knew before.
What is Rosé?
Rosé is defined as a type of wine that that incorporates some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. Also, it may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make through either of these three process:
Featuring a light, fruity taste that is low in tannins, Rosé wines stand as the perfect starting point for new wine drinkers. The intensity of its pink hue depends on how long it was macerated. The longer the skin is left n contact with the juice, the darker it gets.
No matter which iteration you opt for, all Rosé wine will serve as an ultra-refreshing libation that’s perfect for any occasion. Now, here’s some more things you ought to know about it.
1. Rosé wine can be made anywhere worldwide
While France produces 28% of the world’s supply of Rosé wine, it can actually be made anywhere worldwide. Notable Rosé-producing nations include Spain, America, Germany, Australia, Italy and more.
However, when in doubt, it’s best to stick to French-made Rosé wines, especially ones from regions known for consistent excellence in wine making such Provence, Rhone, Loire Valley, Burgundy or Champagne.
2. Vintage: Newer = Fresher
Unlike red wines that get better with age, Rosé wines doesn’t improve over time. Instead, it is the newest vintages that are the most coveted because it signifies its freshness.
Top Tip: While it is ok to drink slightly older stocks of Rosé wines, it’s best to not drink ones that are over three years old.
3. Rosé wine comes in a very wide variety of styles
Like any other good wines available, Rosé wines are equally rich in its styles. In fact, don’t be surprised to find it made in still, semi-sparkling or sparkling forms. Equally wide too is its range of sweetness levels from bone-dry to very sweet.
Top Tip: What you should seek for are the really dry sorts that are less sweet. This means that you have a much finer Rosé wine that’s fresh and acidic that makes do without the extra sugar to dilute its flavours and aromas.
4. Rosé wine pairs well with all sorts of food
For the avid foodie, this is indeed good news: Rosé wine goes with almost any sort of food. That’s because the bright, refreshing taste of rosé is a great match for lots of delicious dishes.
Besides swapping out the usual Bloody Mary for some Rosé over brunch, you could have it with some of your favourite fried chicken instead of the usual beer, and you could even have it during a barbecue – it really is that versatile.
5. Rosé wine can be used to make cocktails
While not all wines can be used to brew up a tasty mix, you actually can with Rosé wine. It plays well with all kinds of fruity and fizzy substances, and looks tantalising when served. Notable recipes include the Strawberry Rosé Spritzer and the Basil Lemonade Rosé cocktail.
(Main image source: undergroundwineletter.com)
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