Summer is here and all I can think of is rosé! It’s the perfect time for this refreshing rosé wine! Here’s the truth if you want to drink pink.
Rosé is a type of wine whose color reflects its name, neither white nor red but somewhere in between.
It is a color obtained not by the grape variety used but by the process by which a wine obtains its color. The color of a wine is obtained when the skin and the juice of the grapes are soaked together, resulting in a light yellow or red color. In the case of rosé, it is rosé simply because it has macerated for less time, that is to say not long enough to turn into red wine.
In fact, rosé can be made from any red grape variety and can be grown in any wine region: from Provence in France, known as the rosé capital of the world; in Spain, where it is called “rosado”; in Italy, where it is called “rosato”; in California, Australia, Argentina, etc. Usually it is made from a blend of a variety of grapes. Some of the commonly used varieties are Sangiovese, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. In California, however, rosé is known for being a single varietal wine, using 100% pinot noir grapes.
Types of rosé
Rosé is perfect for summer as it resembles the flavor profile of a light red wine but with livelier, crisper tasting notes. Descriptors typically include the following flavors: strawberry, cherry, raspberry, citrus, melon, and even celery.
Rosé from Provence
If you have to choose a rosé at random, you can’t go wrong with a rosé from Provence. The region is mainly known for its rosé, which accounts for nearly 75% of wine production. It is also home to Le Center du Rose, or the Rosé Research Center, created in 1999 to become the only research center in the world dedicated to rosé wine.
Provence produces the driest rosé in the world, but is also considered the most versatile and classic of rosé wines, pairing well with any cuisine. It is also considered mineral and delicately fruity, with hints of strawberry and rose petal. They are made primarily from Grenache grapes, which are often blended with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
For something similar to red wine but still summery, opt for Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, a darker rosé that tastes the most like red wine compared to other rosés. It is reputed to be salty, with notes of bell pepper, blackcurrant and spices, even leather, tobacco and pepper. Yet it’s still perfect for summer with its sweet and tart profiles, making it tart than regular cab sauv. This rosé is recommended to be enjoyed with light seafood or vegetables.
It’s actually not pink but dark red, because Syrah is a very tannic grape variety. The result is a fuller rosé. It is a bold wine with hints of olive and cherry. It has notes of plums, dried cherries, as well as hints of smoke and spices. This is the rosé to pair with your adobo as it is excellent with stews. It also does not need to be served cold, unlike the usual rosé.
For a taste of Spain, grab a tempranillo rosé, which is often a Spanish variety. It’s a bit spicier than rosé de Provence but still with refreshing berry flavors. Like Rioja, which is also made from tempranillo grapes, tempranillo rosé exudes a green peppercorn flavor while exhibiting the same floral quality found in rosés from Provence. As it is both savory and fruity, it will also pair well with meats, such as kaldereta and mechado.
Tavel is a region of the Rhône Valley dedicated to the exclusive production of rosé. Rosé de Tavel is an exceptionally dry rosé made primarily from Grenache and Cinsault, although nine varieties are allowed in the blend. Although it is pink, its color is very dark and intense, revealing the bottle’s powerful taste that can stand up to meats and other strong flavors and textures. It is the rosé of red wine lovers because it is considered to have all the characteristics of a good red wine, but with less color. It is hearty, spicy and full of assertive tannins. Still, it has a summer fruity nose that can evolve into earthy and nutty notes over time. It is said that he was the favorite of the writer Ernest Hemingway.
pink pinot noir
This is a delicate and lively pink wine made from 100% pinot noir grapes. These blush wines are characterized by lively acidity, low sugar content and delicious flavors of rose petal and strawberry. This rosé shares many of the same fruity notes as Provence rosé, such as strawberries and melon, but is more earthy and even described as seductive. This is the perfect summer wine for dates!
It is a vibrant, fruity but dry Italian wine. You will get notes of fresh strawberries, green melon, cranberries, raspberries and honeydew melon. This is an easy wine that strikes a wonderful balance between dryness and fruity flavor.
Other types of rosé include: White Zinfandel, which is a sweet type of rosé with moderately high acidity levels; Mourvèdre rosé, which is a full-bodied rosé with initial floral notes that turn on the palate into a rich cherry and smoky flavor; and Champagne Rose, or sparkling rosé, which is Champagne blended with red wine (note that blending is frowned upon and Champagne is the only region in France where it is legal to blend white and red wines for create rosé).
Whichever rosé you choose, you can definitely beat the heat with this summer treat. Keep it cool and drink pink! INQ
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