Rosé is not red. Rosé is not white. The actual color of Rosé varies depending on the grapes involved. In fact, you may recognize colors of pink, purple, or orange smiling at you from your glass. Red-skinned grapes are crushed, and for a short period of time, the skins are allowed to remain in the mix for a couple days. The skins are then removed for the fermentation process. This tactic helps to produce characteristics and flavors more similar to white wine, creating that crisp, light, and refreshing taste we are familiar with today.
Styles (photo credit: provencewineusa.com)
Rosé is historically a delicate, dry wine, exemplified by Anjou Rosé from the Loire Valley. However, we are also aware of the sweeter versions of Rosé that became popular in the 1970’s (a.k.a. blush wines). Typically, you’ll find that European Rosé is generally dry, and U.S. versions are generally sweet.
Dry Rosé pairs nicely with crab and lobster for seafood. Grilled chicken is a good choice for this style of Rosé, as well as spinach dip.
The fruit-forward style of Rosé is tasty with sushi (crab again), samosas (the popular stuffed pastry snack), and guacamole.
Sip on wine and share some sweet words that’ll make your loved one blush this Valentine’s Day.
"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." ~ William Shakespeare
A Dozen Rosé for Valentines Day
Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2009
89 Point Score From: Robert Parker
"The 2009 Rose of Malbec is dark pink in color with an enticing nose of strawberry and cherry. Ripe, dry, and full-flavored”
Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo 2008
90 Point Score From: Robert Parker
"One of the more overt, fruit-driven roses of the vintage. Medium in body, the wine possesses gorgeous depth and richness, with a long, polished close”
Grab the 2008 Cerasuolo by Cataldi Madonna
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2009
88 Point Score From: Robert Parker
"Bright pink. Raspberry and blood orange on the nose, with notes of white pepper and fresh bay adding complexity. Spicy red fruit flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality"
Grab the 2009 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose
Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato 2009
90 Point Score From: Robert Parker
"Dried roses, berries, spices, minerals and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this ethereal, deceptively medium-bodied wine"
Grab the 2009 Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato
Domaines Ott Les Domaniers Cotes de Provence Rose 2009
88 Point Score From: Wine Spectator
"Rich and minerally, with slate and pepper accents to the dried cherry and plum flavors. Features dried mango and citrus on the zesty finish"
Price: $ 19.99
Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose 2010
"The mouth feel is succulent, with strawberry, rhubarb and cinnamon flavors. It opens to a fine dense body of wine with a soft texture that is long and beautifully balanced"
Price: $ 11.29
Grab the 2010 Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose
Trenza Rosado 2009
"There is bright strawberry and cherry, along with rich banana, and a hint of rose petals. It finishes nice and surprisingly dry"
Price: $ 15.29
Grab the 2009 Trenza Rosado
Folie a Deux Menage a Trois Rose 2009
"Fruit-laden roller coaster ride of raspberries, strawberries, lychee nuts and flowers with a silky smooth finish"
Price: $ 10.99
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Sofia Rose 2009
"A luminous magenta hue and beautiful perfume of wild strawberries, tea leaves and violets. Luscious flavors of raspberries, cherries, candied orange and cloves enliven the palate"
Price: $ 16.79
Muga Rioja Rosado 2009
"Vivid pink. Complex, highly aromatic bouquet of pink grapefruit, strawberry, rhubarb and white flowers, with a strong mineral undertone"
Price: $ 13.29
Grab the 2009 Muga Rioja Rosado
Mulderbosch Rose 2009
"A dry rosé (made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) with a beautifully fragrant nose, offering alluring aromas of rose petal, strawberry, and cherry"
Price: $ 9.99
Grab the 2009 Mulderbosch Rose
Ch. Campuget Costieres de Nimes Rose 2009
"Scents of small red fruits such as raspberries or blackcurrants, and the final taste is very long, leaving an delicate impression of fruitiness"
Price: $ 11.49