Rosé wine season doesn’t have to end just because summer is ending! You can find some beautiful rosés that will take you through those fall and winter months. This post is going to talk all about rosé. We will debunk those super sugary pink wine myths and talk all about rosé and how to drink it. For more posts about diferent types of wine pairing, check out my other posts here!
Provence, France is the heart of where rosé began. This past year, 2016, was a record year for Provence. The production of rosé wine increased by 46% from 2015 to 2016! But how exactly do you get a rosé wine? A pink grape? Nope. Rosé is actually made from a red grape, but produced like a white wine in the sense that the skin is removed. It is served chilled and has a flavor profile more similar to white, but it definitely has its own unique characteristics.
All About Provence
We are going to talk a lot about Provence Roses because this region of France produces a lot of rosé that is distributed worldwide! On top of that, it is the only region in France to devote 89% of its production to rosé.
Different Types of Rosé
Because rosé is made from red grapes, you can find rosé from virtually any grape that produces a red wine. You can have Syrah rosé, Grenache rosé, and even Cabernet Sauvignon rosé.
A big big misconception about rosé is that it is super sugary. Real rosé, especially those produced in Europe, are actually very dry (not sweet). Pink Zinfandel gave rosé a bad rap. There definitely are some sweet rosés out there, but a lot of the rosés that you will find are going to be dry.
Enjoy Your Rosé Wine in Every Season
Summer. The classic ‘rosé season’. It’s hot outside and a nice cool glass of rrosé is so refreshing. The pale pink color makes it even more appealing than your standard summer white wine as well. In the summer, pair your rosé with a delicious cheese and charcuterie board. Go for a variety of sausage and meats to complement the light and refreshing rosé.
Fall. Soup. Yup, soup. Pair your rosé with a delicious fall soup. Someone once told me to try an Asian chicken noodle soup with rosé… and I was not disappointed. The Asian flavors in the warm soup are excellent with the crisp and cold rosé.
Winter. Bring it on out with your Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey flavors pair excellently with rosé!
Spring. In the springtime, go for a light appetizer like mozzarella balls, basil, tomato with a balsamic glaze. Pair this with a more lighter bodied rosé.
Some Provence Rosés to Try
2016 Commanderie de la bargemone – This one is very crisp and light. It has more of a salmon color with notes of apricot and even a little bit of lemon squeeze.
2016 L’esprit de Sainte Marguerite – Wow. Delectable. The color is very pale, but it is packed with flavors. It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 25% Syrah. These grapes blended together adds a lot of complexity and depth. I get a lot of flavors of brioche and strawberry.
Vure Mirabeau en Provence – If you want a light and refreshing wine, go for this one! It has notes of strawberry, but is very mild and drinkable. Pair this with a grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing!
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