It might seem like rosé is a newly invented wine variety created to please the summer festival crowd, but it turns out rosé was the first wine ever invented. Born in Provence, France, around 600 B.C., rosé was made by hand (or foot) by physically pressing the juice out of the grapes. This imperfect technique led to some red grape skins entering the juice, but not enough for the wine to take on a deep red color like the red wines we are familiar with today.
Generally, a lighter rosé is more dry (or less sweet) than one with a deeper pink color, but that isn’t always the case. There are exceptions to this rule, but if you want to find a drier rosé, stick with French, Spanish, Italian or other European varieties. Most American rosés are sweeter, and can be closer in taste and color to White Zinfandel; a sweet pink wine made exclusively from Zinfandel grapes.
Unlike red wines, most rosé does not get better with age. It’s best to enjoy your rosé within a year of purchase, at most. The best rosés are enjoyed chilled, so make room in your fridge by drinking your rosé soon after purchasing. As far as how to enjoy your rosé, a white wine glass will usually work, but the best glasses for rosé have a slight lip at the top for pleasing all parts of your palate.
While rosé is perfect for a hot summer day, this delightful beverage can, and should, be enjoyed all year round. The light crisp fruity flavor of most rosés pairs perfectly with meals like BBQ dishes, Mexican food, Mediterranean cuisine, thin crust pizza and pretty much any food that isn’t too heavy or sweet.
Pick up a delicious rosé to compliment your summer grilling, or any occasion, today!