This lovely pink wine is the happy place between red and white wine, in a way, rosé is becoming more like a state of mind. There is nothing more beautiful than a summer afternoon with a cold glass of rosé and great friends. Because of this “rosé state of mind”, the pink drink is becoming increasingly popular, and not just among the ladies.
Rosé is made when the skin of red grapes mix with the wine for only a short amount of time. The longer the wine sits with the skin, the more colour-intensive the wine becomes. This gives the winemaker complete control over the colour and flavour of the wine. Almost any red wine grape can be used to make rosé and depending on the type of grape used the flavour of the rosé will vary. Contrary to typical beliefs, rosé is not always sweet. Depending on the grapes used the wine can range anywhere from dry, to fruity, to savoury.
So, how can you find good rosé? First, look at the age. Unlike traditional wines, rosé is best when it’s fresh or within two years of pressing. Second, don’t overpay. Rosé is quick and easy to make, and since there is no ageing required it’s cheap to produce. Third, judge this book by its cover. Typically, the darker the colour of the rosé, the more full-bodied it will be. Now with your new-found knowledge of the pink drink we all love, go out and Rosé All Day.