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Rosé wine- why you should drink it this spring

Should you give rosé wine a chance?

Rosé wine has been trendy for the last several seasons and nobody has made it more famous than Brangelina. They hopped on the bandwagon with their delish rosé wine, Miraval Provence and let men all over the world rejoice- they could now drink pink wine and be cool.  I mean if the man of all men, Brad Pitt can look cool doing it, so can you.

How do you make rosé wine?

Pink wine from a red grape and even crazier, pink wine from a white grape?  What gives? The skin gives the wine color and the longer the wine sits on the skins while fermenting, the darker the color will be.  Some white grapes like Pinot Gris have a purple tint to them which is why they can make rosé wine too.  Winemakers use three main methods when making rosé: Maceration Method, Saignée Method, Blending Method.

Maceration Method:

Grapes are used strictly for rosé wine and nothing else. Grapes ferment for a short period and then the juice is used to make rosé wine. This method is popular in Provence.

Saignée Method: (“san-yay”)

Grapes ferment for a few hours and then a portion of the juice is bled off from the tank and separated to make rosé wine.  The remaining juice is concentrated and creates darker, more complex red wines. This method is not as common as maceration.

 Blending Method:

A mixture of white wine with red wine is used for this method.  We find it commonly used in Champagne for brut rosé.

Does all rosé wine come from France?

France, especially in the region of Provence, is the most famous region for rosé even though the rosé is made all around the world.  This region prides itself on its rosé and for good reason.  Provence is rumored to be the oldest wine region in the world and is the largest region specializing in rosé.  Grenache is the main grape variety in Provence followed closely by Mourvedré, Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan.  To me, rosé from Provence is the quintessential summertime wine because it always tastes fresh and lively.

What about other rosé wine?

Most of the rosé on the market these days is dry, not sweet.  The thing to be aware of is the color.  The darker the color of the wine the longer the juice sat on the skins so, the more concentrated the flavor and the more tannin the wine will have.  Rosé is made from a variety of grapes so try one made from one of your favorites like Cabernet or Pinot. Buy a few rosés made from the same grape variety but from different regions and compare them.  Host a rosé party where everyone brings a bottle and you’ll be able to enjoy all the different flavors this wine has to offer.

What do I eat with rosé wine?

During the spring and summer season, drink rosé with grilled chicken, seafood, or even a hamburger.  Pretty much all the things. My delicious crab cake recipe makes a perfect pairing this season. BUT!!!  Don’t forget rosé this upcoming holiday season.  It’s one the best wines to put on your Thanksgiving table.  The mellow flavors and vibrant acidity mingle well with all going on at the table.

Long live rosé!

The time for rosé is now! Next time you’re at the store, pick up a bottle.  Or better yet, email me at courtney@thehappylush for some recommendations based on your wine preferences.  I have some delicious wines in stock that will last you through the summer.  Enough of winter already.  Let’s make up a charcuterie board and drink the pink stuff!  Cheers!



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