Let’s talk Rosé wine.
Over the past decade, Rosé soared in popularity as THE summer choice for wine lovers. Its lighter style and lower alcohol content make it perfect for the warmer temps. The rumors that Rosé is a red or white wine gone wrong, or is somehow inferior, are absolutely untrue. These delightful wines are made intentionally! Rosés are comparatively inexpensive, with many good bottles priced under $15. Rosé wines are made in all regions of the world.
Can I tell if a Rosé wine is good quality just by looking?
Thanks for asking! A high quality wine has clarity, and is free from residue, particles, or cloudiness. A dark orange or brownish color, indicates your Rosé is past its prime. These wines are best consumed very soon after you get them, and within 2-3 years of any vintage date found on a bottle.
What about the color, smell and taste of Rosé wines?
The wine’s color, aroma and flavor come from the skins of the grapes used. The winemaker chooses which grape variety to use when he or she envisions the unique characteristics of the finished Rosé. The combinations of color, aroma and flavor in these wines are nearly endless.
Here is the basic premise of making Rosé and how the wine gets pink. Take red grapes and squeeze out the juice…it’s clear! The red pigment from the skins colors the liquid as it ferments. When the winemaker is satisfied with the color, the skins are removed and the winemaking process continues. If the skins were left in, the end result would be a nice red wine of that varietal or blend.
Rosé wines are always pink to very light red in color, with hues like cherry blossom, salmon, and pale garnet. The lighter pink Rosés are generally drier, while a more richly colored wine will be bolder and fruit forward in taste.
The abundant aroma, characteristic of these beautiful wines, is the most important clue to knowing what the wine will taste like. Floral or fruit aromas scent the vast majority of Rosé wines. Occasionally, you’ll find a Rosé that smells like a green bell pepper.
Familiar common floral aromas include rose, violet, lavender, jasmine, peony, orange blossom, and freesia.
Prominent fruit aromas are cherry, strawberry, raspberry, peach, black cherry, black currant, blackberry, banana, apple, plum, pear, blueberry, apricot, kiwi, pomegranate, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, litchi and pineapple.
Because Rosé is light in body, your nose tells your mouth what it’s tasting. The flavor characteristic that makes the wine so enjoyable is the perfect balance of acidity on the finish of your sip. It’s what brings you back for more!
Sounds interesting, but what can I pair with Rosé wine?
- How about…
- ♦ a summer evening with friends or a special someone
- ♦ a good book
- ♦ great music
- ♦ pizza, tacos, chicken, roasted root veggies, Gruyere cheese, Thai food, brisket, burgers, salad, crab, ham…see where I’m headed with this???
Versatile Rosé goes anywhere with anyone and almost anything, but not so much asparagus!
I’m convinced! Which Rosé wine will I like best?
Glad you asked! Here are some of my favorites. If you enjoy red wines made from the grape varieties in the parentheses, the Rosé version will be a pleasant surprise!
- H&M Hofer Rosé (Zweigelt) – Austria $20.49
- Susana Balbo Rosé (Malbec, Pinot Noir) – Argentina $19.95
- La Bambina Rosé (Nero di Avola) – Italy $16.99
- Cotes des Roses (Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah) – France $14.99
- Klinker Brick Rosé (Carignane, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) – Lodi, CA $13.99
- A To Z Rosé ( Sangiovese) – Oregon $13.99
- Chateau Virgile Rosé (Grenache, Syrah) – France $13.49
- Day Owl Rosé (Barbera) – CA $12.99
- Cosentino The Rosé (Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel) – Lodi, CA $11.99
Still not sure which Rosé is right for you? Ask me or any of our knowledgeable staff, we’re glad to help you find your new favorite!
Cheers to a great summer!
Ted, the Old Wine Guy