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What is Rosé Wine? A Quick Guide

What is Rosé Wine? A Quick Guide

One of the oldest and most beloved wines, the rose holds a place in hearts across the world.

Known for its wide array of enchanting rosé wines, Province, France is just one region home to some of the most memorable rosés.  A few other regions that produce delectable rosés span Bordeaux, California, and Sicily.

The color of rosé wine can vary based on ingredients and other factors during the wine making process.

How is Rose Wine Made?

Rose wine is often made using the skin contact method, or the maceration method, which influences its color. Various grapes used in crafting red wine can be used to make rose wine. The distinct difference between rosé and red wine is the amount of time the juice of the wine is exposed to the grape skins. These grapes only soak in the juice for an average of two to 20 hours, based on the winemaker’s preference. The skins are then discarded before fermentation, unlike the wine making process for red wine.

The longer the juice is exposed to the grape skins, the deeper the color.

Rose Wines: Brands and Flavors

As with other wines, each rosé wine creates a new experience for the palate.

Ruffino Sparkling Rose Wine

This fragrant sparkling rosé features notes of strawberry and just the slightest hint of rose petals. The Italian wine’s refreshing taste of white fruits and red berries lingers long after the last sip.

Bertani Bertarose Chiaretto Veneto IGT

From Veneto, Italy, this unique rosé teases your senses with aromas of pineapple, peach, and pear. Notes of mint and melon join in with a hint of apricot to create an unmatched experience.

Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Les Clans

Wine connoisseurs rave over Les Clans, an elegant and sophisticated rosé. Although juicy on the palate, this wine features a uniquely dry finish. The Riesling-like aromas and savory flavors like sherry and oak of this pale honey colored wine revolutionize the rosé reputation.

Diving into Hampton Water

A team effort between 1980s rocker Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse, and French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, this French languedoc rosé wine blends grenache, cinsault, and mourvèdre grapes and teases its drinker with notes of strawberry, cherry, and fresh melon. A refreshing addition to any summer get together.

Winter’s Hill Rosé of Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir variety hails from the vineyards of Willamette Valley, Oregon. Get lost in the ripe strawberry scent of this rich rosé with hints of guava and melon and a creamy finish.

How to Serve Rosé Wine

Rosé wine is best served chilled, the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. It is most commonly enjoyed from late spring into early fall.

Light fruity rosés should be chilled at 45 to 50 degrees or approximately two hours in the refrigerator. When too cold, some wine may lose its flavor.

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