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You’ve seen it everywhere. It’s on the shelves of every store. It’s in the hands of every influencer you scroll past. The glint of pink hued nectar shining through your very own favorite stemless wine glass.
The market has exploded for Rosé in the past few years as its popularity has skyrocketed. Over the last couple years, the pink tinged wine has become a staple for trendsetters and followers across the board. But do you know how it’s made? Or where it originated?
To make the different variations of wine, you have a variation of grapes. Certain red grapes create different red wines, and certain white grapes create different white wines. But, where’s the pink grape?
Sadly, despite the cotton candy flavored grapes in the super market, there are no candy pink grapes to create our lovable Rosé. So, how do the wine makers create this yummy summer elixir? The answer is skin contact. No matter the grape type, when they are juiced, the juice from the grape will run clear. (What?!?) AND THEN, you add the skins of the grapes, which in turn, adds the color to the wine. This process is known as maceration.
For Rosé, the wine maker juices Red grapes, then practices maceration. However, instead of letting the juice sit with the skins for an extended period of time, they cut it off at 2-3 days tops. Then, the wine can ferment into the pink drink we all know and love.
Some wine makers mix red and white wines that didn’t turn out quite right to create Rosé. However, it is rather frowned upon in the wine community to do so.
So, what should I pair my new glass of Rosé with?
The flavors of Rosés are very versatile. This is due to their bright acidity and lack of tannins (the stuff in Red wine that makes your mouth dry, ahem water pls).
If it’s a sweet wine, you can pair it with a spicy or salty dish. Sweet wines are excellent with roasted, heavy dishes. They are able to compete with the density of the dish, much like a Red wine would.
For a dryer Rosé, aim for a lighter dish like you would with some whites. Fish and chicken are two delicious options to be paired with a dry wine.
How do I know if it’s Sweet or Dry?
You can only figure this one out if you give it a taste.
And if that isn’t reason enough, go ahead and get you a bottle! Pour me a glass too, while you’re at it.
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