Rosé Wine FAQs
Hey Tasters! My inbox on Instagram seems
to be receiving a lot of questions about rosé wine lately. I’ve already answered
them want one, but it seems to me that rosé is causing some anxiety out there.
Relax! Rosé is a chilled wine literally and
figuratively. So, here on my phone I have your most frequently asked questions
about rosé wine. Let’s go through them shall we?
Question one, is rosé always French? Here are five rosé wines that I just
had lying around the office. Three are from Cyprus and two are from Greece. So
clearly not all rosé is French. But let’s talk about the word rosé. That
chic little accent on the last ‘e’ is definitely French, and the most famous
rosé region in the world Provence, is in France. In fact there is
evidence to suggest that winemakers have been producing rosé wine in Provence
since 600 BC. No wonder that so many good rosé wines are indeed French. However, any
red grape variety anywhere in the world can be used to produce rosé wine.
These two rosé wines from the island of Limnos are a blend of Muscat and Limnio
varieties. This rosé by Dafermou winery is a blend of Syrah and our local
Maratheftiko. This rosé by Nelion winery is a blend of black Muscat
and Maratheftiko. And finally this rosé by Ekfraseis winery is made
exclusively using our local Mavro grapes. The fact is that many wine
regions from all over the world produce outstanding rosé. Question two, are
darker rosé sweeter than light colour rosé? I think we’re all suffering from
white Zin related post-traumatic stress. Dark super sweet rosé wines, sometimes
known as blush wines, were all the rage in the 80s. But then again, so were Whitesnake.
We have learned and we have moved on. I think it’s natural to assume that the
wine in the colour of cotton candy, is bound to taste the sweet as cotton candy.
But, this is not the case at all. The colour is determined partially by the
grape variety used, but mainly by the skin contact time during maceration. So,
if anything, longer contact time of the skins and juice would bring savoury
elements from the phenols and tannins into the rosé rather than sweetness.
The sweetness in all wine is a matter of how much residual sugar the winemaker
has chosen to leave in. These five rosé wines in front of me
come in all styles and levels of sweetness, semi-sweet and sparkling, dry
and semi dry. Question three, is White Zinfandel similar to rosé? No, not
similar, White Zinfandel is exactly the same as rosé. Question four, what food
should I pair with rosé? One of the best things about rosé wine is that its
character is red, but its personality is white. It has some tannic structure like
a red wine, but it also comes with a crisp acidity that one associate with
white wine. This makes it food friendly and
versatile. You will struggle to find a dish that does not make friends with
rosé wine. Roast chicken, check! Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, check!
Oysters, sure! Goat cheese salad, go straight ahead. And has it come off
the barbecue? Whatever it is, uncork your rosé now. And question five, is rosé only appropriate
in the summer? Now why would you restrict your wine enjoyment like that? Yes it is
a wine that we serve chilled and yes we often enjoy rosé when the sky is blue
and the sun is shining. But, why not let rosé bring some sunshine into a winter
day. And why miss out of the incredible pairing powers of rosé. Did you know,
for example, that rosé is fantastic paired with a Thanksgiving dinner? Not
only do you keep the red and the white wine lovers happy, but rosé versatility
will come to your rescue. It will play really well with all the full flavors in
your table. And, it will match everything from the savory turkey roast to the
roasted sweet potatoes to the green bean casserole. It’s nearly lunchtime here at
the office. I have prepared the a prawn salad and I am going to pair it with
this beautiful rosé from Nelion winery. So those were your most frequently asked
questions about rosé wine. Thank you for sending them in, Tasters! Please keep
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