By: Mike Ward, Founder of Ward on Wine and Director of Learning and Development at Major Brands
Spring has sprung, and we’re ready for outdoor fun! This means outdoor grilling, family BBQs and soon enough, pool parties. What goes well with all of these? Rosé!
Rosé has historically been considered a seasonal wine. People would drink rosé in the spring and early summer, and when the seasons passed, they would shift back to drinking reds. While Parisians loved to drink the Rosés of Provence in their neighborhood bistros, it wasn’t the type of wine that would age well in their wine cellars. However, times have changed, and rosés made today are readily available, fresh and enjoyed year-round.
First produced along the Mediterranean coast and made popular by the French region of Provence in the Middle Ages, Rosé is carefully made and produced differently than white or red wine. Typically, a Rosé is made from red grapes, but the contact between the juice and skin of the grape is limited by the winemaker during the production process. The reduced time of skin contact gives Rosé its pink color and lighter flavor than red wine.
Rosés are not in fact made by mixing red and white wine together, but there are a few different methods to produce them. One is to put the harvested red grapes in a press to allow the juice just enough time to turn pink, which is the direct press method. Another is to drain off some of the juice from the tank during fermentation, a process the French call Saignée, or the bleeding method. Saignée method rosés are often darker in color than direct press rosés and sometimes have more dark fruit notes of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry and herbal notes like eucalyptus or bay laurel.
French Rosés are typically dry, while the blush wine from California is typically sweet. Because of their delicate production and beautiful balance, all Rosés are best enjoyed slightly chilled and pair well with a variety of food from grilled meats to chocolatey desserts.
Here are Rosés for any occasion to pick up the next time you shop at Schnucks