As we reach the height of summer, the hot summer days are probably starting to get to you (no complaints though!). A refreshing and modern twist on a summer wine classic is rosé wines. Usually people opt for white wine or sparkling wines during the summer months. However, recently rosé wines are becoming the fashionable, go-to summer wine.
Whether it be to sip slowly on a hot day poolside, paired with a fresh fish dinner holidaying in the south of France or just to compliment fresh vegetables and salad for lunch, rosé wine is definitely worth trying this summer.
Aside from the beautiful colour of rosé, flavours of a good rosé wine can be quite delicate and refreshing. A common misconception about rosé is that it’s the product of mixing white and red grapes, no, this is not the case.
Rosé wine is made from red/black grapes. The grapes are crushed and the skins remain in contact with the juice for a short period of time. This is what gives the wine its colour. After it is pressed, the skins are thrown away, instead of being left in contact with the juice and left to ferment which is the case with red wine making. Since the skins are not left in contact with the juice long enough to be considered red wine, it’s considered rosé. The longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the colour is of the wine.
For many distinguished wine producers, rosé wine is a novelty, and is not taken very seriously in the ‘wine world’. It’s sometimes considered a bit low-brow, however, in recent years more and more sommeliers are acknowledging the great pairing potential of rosé wine.
A key to finding a great rosé is to find great producers of red wine, or an area known for good red wines. The rosés will likely follow.
We put together a list of our 5 favourite rosé wines to try this summer.
Allimant-Laugner Crémant d’Alsace Rosé – A French rosé, currently the most in style country for rosés.
This wine is not overly sweet but still fruity. It has an intense, bold and crisp flavour that is usually hard to achieve with a rosé like this.
Ferrari Rosé – An Italian sparkling rosé , that has an amazing colour and is great for any celebration. It puts a spin on a classic spumante or champagne – a great pink alternative.
Andre Clouet Champagne No 3 Brut Rosé – The rare Rosé French Champagne.
This wine is definitely a splurge, but well worth it. It’s dry but has consistent bubble, with a fruity freshness. The colour is divine. Save this for a really special occasion. Beautiful colour of light salmon, it has bubbly flavours of raspberry, strawberry and alds
Campo Al Pero Rosato Di Bolgheri – From the Bolgheri region of Italy, this wine region is widely popular for its red and white wines, however, you can find some great rosés or rosatos from Bolgheri.
Marchesi Antinori Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Bolgheri Rosato – we had to add this one because it’s another great rosé from Bolgheri. It’s fairly inexpensive which is also a bonus. Finally a rosé WINE. This is not a sugary juice, but a proper true wine. You can enjoy the magic of the colour and the fun of drinking a rosé without renouncing to serious beautiful, Tuscan scents.