no. 1 “the pink one”
Use this glass: According to webstaurant.com, “Two types of wine glasses are widely accepted for use with rose wines – stemmed glasses with a short bowl and a slight taper, and those with a short bowl and a slightly flared lip.” However, a white wine glass is perfectly acceptable to use.
Pairs well with: Most rosés pair well with seafood, light pasta, and salads. I will link a more in depth rosé pairing list here. Just remember, the lighter the rosé flavor, the lighter your food flavors should be as well.
Rosé is indisputably the summer drink. It’s fresh, fruity, and fun. Not to mention, the pink color exemplifies the cookouts, sea breeze, and sunshine that are synonymous with summer (it’s no wonder summer is considered “rosé season”). This pink drink is a crowd favorite, and is a no-brainer for enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for a wine to serve at your pool party, or you just want a fun wine with dinner, this pink drink is the way to go.
Now, I could go into an in-depth explanation on how rosé is made, but in a previous post, I linked a short, but educational article from Wine Folly that does a great job of just that. Linked here. So, all I’m gonna do is give a concise explanation on what rosé is.
Rosé wine (also referred to as blush wine) gets its pink color from the skins of red grapes. Like red wine, rosé is fermented with grape skins to achieve its color. Unlike red wine, rosé spends a short time with the red grapes. Much shorter, actually. Red wines can spend weeks fermenting with grape skins. Rosé soaks for only a few hours. Hence, the delicate pink color.
Many people hear rosé and they think sweet wine, when actually, the flavors of rosé can vary wildly. Here’s a mini breakdown for you:
- Dry Rosé — (aka not sweet) this wine has fermented long enough for the yeast to consume all the sugar. This leaves the fruity and/or floral flavors present to be the star. This rosé is ideal for brunches and other light meals.
- Sweet Rosé — Many sweet rosés are best served chilled. These semi-sweet blush wines are better paired with spicier food or as a dessert wine.
Recipe: If you’re looking for a recipe to make for your next brunch, here is a delicious summer inspired salad that can satisfy any tastes you’re craving. From Layers of Happiness, a bright Balsamic Watermelon Feta Salad. Full recipe available here.
I want to end this post about all things rosé with Team Wine Nook’s current boxed rosé obsession. We have been loving the Bota Box Dry Rosé (19.99, available at most major grocery stores.) Described as, “Dry…that’s what you get with this Rosé – crisp, with aromas of raspberries and red rose and flavors of strawberry cake and grapefruit zest. Serve well chilled.” We enjoy this wine served in our Light Maple Wine Nook. Keeping with the light and airy theme, this Nook is the perfect companion to all your summer events. Available now.
What’s your favorite way to Rosé?