wine education > It’s Time to Rosé, Your Way.
Rosé. It’s light, it’s crisp and it has an allure of playfulness to it, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that rosé is any less serious than its red or white counterparts.
While rosé may have been considered a late bloomer in terms of
popularity, long gone are the days where consumers brushed rosé aside, assuming
it to be overbearingly sweet. Now as one of the fastest growing wine styles in the
world, it’s argued that while rosé may have arrived somewhat fashionably late
to the wine scene, it has since kick-started quite the rosé revolution.
How is rosé wine made?
Rosé is a wine style, meaning it’s not made from any specific grape. In fact,
you can make rosé from any red grape variety – although some are more preferred
than others. As with red wine, rosé wines receive their colour from coming into
contact with the skin of red grapes. While red wines may ‘sit on skins’ for a
couple of weeks at a time, rosé wines only need a very short time on skins to
extract colour from the grapes; anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days
depending on the style. The longer the otherwise clear grape juice soaks
together with the skins, the more the colour will bleed into the juice, giving
the wine its beautiful pink or red hue.
Should I age rosé?
Rosé is celebrated for its freshness and youthfulness – and
is regularly made in a style that’s perfect for drinking right now. As rosé
wines don’t spend as much time in contact with the grape skins (and don’t
usually come into contact with oak), they are therefore not usually made to age
in the bottle and are best drunk fresh.
Aren’t all rosés sweet?
As rosé is simply a category of wine, like red or white
wine, rosé can be sweet or dry in style. This means that there’s a huge range
of versatility in the category, which can sometimes be overwhelming when purchasing
a glass or a bottle. A couple of years ago, there was a common misconception:
the pinker the rosé - the sweeter the wine. While this may have been true in
the 90’s and 00’s, colour these days is more a reflection of the winemaker’s hand
rather than an indication of residual sugar content. As there are so many
different options available when it comes to rosé these days, if you want to
know what’s dry or sweet when drinking the pink, the best advice is definitely
What about food pairing?
Rosé falls between the extremes of red and white wine, making it versatile and approachable to almost anyone and anything when it comes to food pairing. As a general rule rose goes with everything! Rosé truly is a category that transcends any occasion.
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