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Rosé Wine

Perhaps one of the most versatile wines among the long tradition of winery is the Rosé wine, whose name comes from France, where it means “pink”. This wine has a chromatic palette that transcends from a light orange nuance to an almost purple one, passing through all the pinkish states of color.

Usually made from red-skinned grapes, Rosé wines were made in the past by simply mixing white wine with some red one, in an attempt of creating the next “it” wine, capable of maintaining the strong character of a red wine, while retaining the white wine’s crispness.

This technique of producing Rosé wine was abandoned, and replaced in the present with other several techniques: the skin contact and saignée, while the blending was, as above mentioned, discouraged.

The skin contact refers to crushing red-skinned grapes and leaving their skins to interact with the juice produces for 2 or 3 days. After that, the grapes are pressed and the skins are removed. The secret of this technique stands in the skins, the longer they stay in contact with the juice, the more intense color they will inspire. Due to the tannin inside the grape skin, the wine will eventually have the taste and the lightness of a white wine, but the coloring will be Rosé.

Saignée means bleeding the vats and it refers to a special red wine fermentation induces so that Rosé wine is created. At an early stage of producing wine from must, some of the pink juice can be removed, so that the wine will be more intense because of the concentrated maceration which takes place afterwards. That part of removed pink juice is going to be fermented in s separate way in order to produce Rosé.

If in its early stages of existence, Rosé wine was a rather dry wine, it later became a sweeter wine, called at that time Blush. Nowadays, we assist to a comeback of the drier Rosé, which is made from French Rhone grapes, or Provencal ones, and even Australian grapes.

Even more, it seems that Rosé wine is about to make a comeback. This surprisingly fresh wine is the perfect drink to have in a sunny hot day. And since Rosé is famous for its crispness, freshness, fruitiness, good balance and its low cost (at least compared to other wines), no wonder that more and more people tend to buy it and consuming it. France is the perfect example, as Rosé seems to be sold more than the white wine, while the United States increase their production of Rosé, trying to find other varietals in order to create it.

Among the most popular Rosé wines out there, here are some examples that one might find useful when it comes to choosing the perfect Rosé:

  • Fortant Merlot Rosé – a 2007 French Rose wine, with intense aromas of watermelon, strawberry and raspberry
  • Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé – besides its special artistic name, this wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes and unifies in a fresh taste citrus notes, strawberries and cherries
  • Robert Oatley Rosé of Sangiovese – a 2008 dry Australian wine which combines cherry and peach taste in a very delightful way
  • Ironstone Xpression Rosé – an American wine produced in California, blending lemon zest with peaches and cherries

  • Out there’s a tremendous quantity of extraordinary Rosé wines. Their quality is undeniable, and the best part is that their prices are more than fair. And with such a long tradition and with such best reviews, who wouldn’t like to enjoy the taste of these unique and fresh combinations?

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