Rose Wine - Drink Secrets

Rose Wine

Rosé wine was originally exemplified by Anjou Rosé and became popular after the Second World War. Rosé wines are often referred to as Blush wines owing to the fact that they are actually white but have a tinge of pink in their color. This color is actually dependant on the type of grapes used and the techniques used to produce this wine and may range from pale orange to pale blue. In earlier days, it was very common to make Rosé wine by simply adding red wine to white wine. Rosé wines are not very popular amongst wine connoisseurs but it is still getting popular owing to its crisp taste that is known to beat the heat in muggy climates.


There are several ways in which a Rosé wine may be made:


  1. Skin Contact: This method uses the Rosé wine as a primary product. Grapes (red-skinned) are crushed and the skins are made to sit in contact with the juice for a period of 4 days. The skins are then discarded after pressing the grapes. The longer they skins remain in contact with the juice, the better the color of the wine.
  2. Blending: The simplest way to make Rosé wine is to blend white wine with red to give it its pink tinge.
  3. Saignee: Saignee actually means blending the vats. There are times when the winemakers would like their Rosé wine to have more color and tannin in it. When this is in demand, juice from the must is removed at an earlier stage and fermented separately.


There are many brands of Rosé wine available in the market. Some of the more popular ones are:


  1. Tapena Rosé
  2. Ironstone Xpression Rosé
  3. Maison Bouachon
  4. Montes Cherub Rosé
  5. Robert Oatley Rosé
  6. Rosa Chiara
  7. Fortrant Merlot Rosé
  8. Francis Ford Coppola Rosé


All Rosé wines are recommended to be served chilled as they fall into the dry category of wines. These are available in various price ranges starting from $9 and depending on the brand in question.


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