Think Pink: Reasons to Drink Organic Rose Wine All Year Round
Finally, winter is over and we can say hello to the most favourite season of all – spring. In spring, everything comes to life and with it our desire to make a pause from drinking deep red wine and mulled red wine, and turn to rose. Although the popularity of rose wines has significantly increased over the years, the truth is that this exquisite wine dates back from the 6th century. It’s light, crispy and refreshing, or in other words, the ideal wine to be enjoyed with your girlfriends.
What Is Rose Wine?
As the name implies, rose wines have a pinkish colour that is obtained by using the juice of red wines grapes. The pink hue is obtained from pressuring the red grapes’ skins for a short period of time with the juice. The longer they made contact, the deeper the colour which explains the deeper colour of some rose varieties. They can keep the juice somewhere between 2 and 24 hours. In order to be made, winemakers can use literally any grape variety. Depending on the wine style, it could be a single variety or a blend of several in order to give the wine more depth. When it comes to producing pink champagne or sparkling wine, winemakers mainly use three grape varieties with classic champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
How Exactly It’s Made?
There are three techniques used for producing exquisite organic rose wine. The most popular one is called ‘maceration’ which is done by pressing the skins with the juice before removing them after which the winemaker continues with its regular winemaking process. The reason why this technique is the most commonly used one among winemakers is that the final result is an aromatic, fresh and easy drinking wine.
The second method is also known as bleeding or ‘saignee’ . It involves portioning off some juice from a red wine production after which the rose is made the usual way. By using this technique, the obtained rose is richer and deeper than the previous version.
The third method involves blending a small amount of red wine into a vat of white wine. This is the least common way of making rose wine, however, it’s the most preferred method for making rose champagne.
What Goes Well With Rose Wine?
Generally speaking, almost all rose wines are dry, hence, crispy, vibrant and refreshing. Given the fact that each wine region and each country, in fact, has its own signature in making organic rose wine, thus, wines coming from the Old World especially the European region are more mineral. This makes them perfect to be paired with vegetable dishes, salads, raw and grilled seafood and cheese of all kinds, but mainly goat cheese.
Rose wine coming from the New World, but mainly from Australia and California are richer and more full-driven. This is achieved from the use of riper fruit made from different wine varieties with thicker skins. These rose wines can go perfectly with barbeque and spicier dishes.
Reasons to Love Rose Wine
As we already mentioned, organic rose wines can be paired with almost any kind of food as they’re not as heavy as red and not as light as white. Everything from salads, cheese, seafood, steaks, chicken and even red meat dishes can be paired with this women’s all-time-favourite drink. They are available in different styles from dry to sweet in order to meet anyone’s taste.
When compared to other varieties, rose is one of the most affordable organic wines on the market. It’s great to be used in cocktails because its delicately sweet flavour and amazing light pink colour can make the cocktails tastier.
Some Notable Rose Wine Regions
If you like a dry rose then you should certainly try the rose wines coming from the Provence French region. Generally speaking, rose wines of this region are made with Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes which is the main reason for the wines’ light-body and refreshing taste and flavour.
Southern Italy and Spain
These regions are known for their full-body rose wines that have a little more oomph. When compared to the ones coming from the French region, these rose wines are more flavourful and have a deeper pink hue.
Rhone Valley France
These rose wines are known for their earthy and fruit-forward flavours. Usually, they are made with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc grapes.
Rose wines coming from this region have a fuller body, however, this region is also known for its delicious and crips rose wines. Portugal, New Zealand, Oregon, and England are known for their delicious sparkling rose wines.