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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 to ask!

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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