Historically, a chilled white wine has been a summer favorite. You come home from a hard day’s work, the heat and humidity forcing sweat to drip down your neck, and settle down with a light, refreshing adult beverage… Well, it seems a new champion has risen through the ranks, one that just a few years ago was seen as indistinguishable from the (sometimes sickeningly) sweet dessert wines: rosé.
The soft and delicately colored wine (which can range from “onion-skin” pink to deep purple) has certainly gained popularity; it currently eclipses white wine sales in the Wine Nation itself, France. Just four years ago only 6% of Americans preferred it over other wines, yet now liquor stores and wine stores around the world are steadily adding more and more rosé brands to their vast collections. But what exactly is rosé? With so many types of wine in existence, what sets this variation apart?
By the Way, Which One’s Pink?
Red wine is created through the use of red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel. The deep red color emerges when the grape skins are added to the juice and allowed to steep through a process called maceration. The light color of rosé comes from these same grapes, simply with less “skin contact” — only a day or two depending on the desired depth of pink.
The soft color looks like it was made for summertime, and as dryer and more full-bodied rosés became available, distinguished wine drinkers from around the world saw it as the perfect summer refreshment. By adding a dash of simple syrup and some strawberries, you can even make your own rosé spritzer!
Discover what everyone’s been raving about these past few summers: invest in a few bottles of rosé to figure out what kind of wine experience you’d like to have. Head out to the beach, get settled on your deck, or serve a relaxed dinner party with a few close friends to show them the glory of rosé. With so many types of wine available for your consumption, why not take a chance on something a little more…pink!