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A Beginner’s Guide to Rosé Wine: Everything You Need to Know

A Rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colours from the grape skins but is not enough to qualify it as red wine. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Rosé wine is one of the most popular types of wine in the world. However, before you go out and buy Rosé wine, it’s important that you inform yourself about what Rosé is so you can best enjoy the wine. To help you out, we thought it would be useful to put together a brief guide on Rosé wine. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on as we break down everything you need to know about Rosé wine.

How Does Rosé Get Its Colour?

The colour of the Rosé is determined by the maceration method (also called the skin contact method) used when making the wine. In this process, the juice from crushed red grapes is allowed to stay in contact with the skins without being filtered off until a specific time period has elapsed (anywhere from two to twenty hours). The resulting wine is then pressed and the skins are discarded. The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the deeper or more intense the wine’s colour will be. Rosé has a light, fruity taste that is low in tannins, which makes it a great starting point for new wine drinkers and helps them acclimate to the flavour profile of red wine.

Is Rosé a Summer Wine?

Since Rosé is typically associated with summer, it only makes sense to bust out a bottle when it’s warm out. Wines that are chilled always taste better when the weather is warm, after all. More importantly, Rosé pairs extremely well with light summer food such as salads or light grills. With that being said, there’s really no reason why you can’t have Rosé no matter the season as it’s a wine that is enjoyable all year round.

What Dish Should You Pair Rosé With?

The colour of Rosé wine varies, ranging from light and pale to dark and almost red, but the taste and smell are usually similar: red fruit, sometimes they can be sweet but with a slight bite to it. This means that Rosé wines are versatile and can complement many types of food. For example, a light Provence Rosé pairs well with watermelon, whereas a Tavel Rosé, which has a darker colour, (more skin contact = more tannin) pairs well with meat dishes or dishes with red wine.

We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you further your understanding of Rosé wine. While learning these things may be a little tedious, trust us when we say learning about the wine that you’re drinking is half of the entire experience. By informing yourself of the wine, you are allowing yourself to fully appreciate the wine and what it has to offer.

If you’re looking to buy Rosé wine, then you’ve come to the right place. Cru Wine offers the best and finest Rosé wine. Additionally, we make buying wine easy and simple through our online shop. If you have any questions regarding wines or need our help selecting the wines you want to choose this year, contact us today!

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