Enjoy Rosé Wine, The Style Than Never Stops Trending
There’s nothing trendier than posting a picture of yourself with a glass of rosé in hand. Rosé is the quintessential summer thirst-quencher, but rosé is not only an easy sipper, but it also has finesse, elegance and great versatility on the table.
There was a time when rosé was considered a second-tier wine style, but those days are long gone. The quality of pink wine is better than ever, and the wines are nothing less than the very picture of pleasantry.
Here’s all you need to know about rosé wine.
How is Rosé Made Anyway?
Rosé, which literally means ‘pink,’ is an ancient style as old as whites and reds, and perhaps even older.
The first wines in history were made with red and white grapes picked and crushed together. The resulting wine was paler compared to modern reds; these were the first rosé wines.
The practise of diluting wine with water, popularised in Ancient Greece, rendered, in essence, pink wine too. Today, though, wine laws worldwide forbid the dilution of red wines to make rosé and producers can’t combine red and white wines to make a pink wine, with the notable exception of Champagne.
To make pink wine, you need red grapes, but instead of leaching out all the colour potential in the grapes, they’re crushed and pressed quickly, allowing only the faintest pigments to taint the grape juice. There’s lots of skill involved.
The barely tainted grape juice is fermented in temperature-controlled tanks and, more often than not, bottled without ageing.
Pairing Rosé with Food
Rosé wine is always lively and crisp. It comes in all sweetness levels, but the dry renditions are in vogue.
On the palate, rosé is fresh and can be quite mineral, but the most pleasant sensations are the subtle strawberry, cherry and berry aromas, sometimes mingling with hints of dried herbs.
Rosé wines have high acidity, so they’re better paired with food that could use an acidic kick, such as grilled fish, fried squid, scallops, shrimp or lobster.
Vinaigrette-based salads, and fresh cheese like chevre, Brie and Camembert are also delightful with a glass of salmon-hued wine.
Since rosé is so approachable, it’s also a gorgeous apéritif and can be enjoyed on its own, paired with good friends by the pool.
To enjoy rosé at its fullest, you must appreciate it chilled. The ideal temperature is 4°C (39.2°F), which is your fridge temperature, but it will be equally pleasing a few degrees warmer.
A standard stemmed white glass should be your wine glass of choice. Not too big, not too small. And you should always enjoy rosé one small pour at a time. The more wine you pour, the warmer it gets. It’s better to refill the glasses as necessary while keeping your bottle of rosé on ice water.
A Few Rosés To Try
Although there are hundreds and even thousands of worthy pink wines from around the world, we recommend these to get you started in the exciting world of rosé.
- Domaine de la Villaudière Sancerre Rosé 2019, France
- Gérard Bertrand “Or & Azur” Rosé 2018, France
- Vallis Mareni, Spumante Metodo Charmat Rosé Brut, Italy
- Primitivo Rosè Tramari 2019, Italy
Rosé: It’s Hard To Get It Wrong
With today’s technology, the expertise in the vineyards and the cellars, and the passion of winemakers worldwide, it’s hard to find a bottle of rosé that is nothing less than satisfying. Most of them are more than that, they’re extraordinary.
Please browse around our rosé section at Shelved Wine and find some of the finest rosés from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Greece and more.
Rose is not a trend anymore, it’s a lifestyle.