I, for one, am a huge fan of rosé. It all started in the South of France, Antibes to be exact, when I ordered a glass of the pink stuff and never looked back. My husband can now attest that rosé is all I drink out or when we are cozy at home. It is an addiction! I usually prefer my wine a tad sweeter and with plenty of ice. I regularly freeze up some H2O in an oversized iced cubes tray. The large-format ice cubes that pop out of it are long lasting, slow melting and simply look rad! Freezing some rosé instead of water would help avoid watering down your drink. And if you are up for a creative challenge you can freeze some rose petals into it for a touch of elegant whimsy!
And now that I persuaded you that rosé is AMMMAZING, let’s get you started with a nifty guide to navigate the world of pink indulgence:
- Style: fruity and floral with hints of violets and rose petals
- Taste: full-bodied with notes of red plum, cherry and dried herbs
- Pairing: lamb or salmon
- Drink: Cline Mourvedre 2014 Rose, $9
Pinot Noir Rosé
- Style: fruity, cool and dry
- Taste: crisp brightness with aromas of apple, watermelon, raspberries and strawberries
- Pairing: goat cheese salad or seafood
- Drink: Cep 2012 Pinot Noir Rose Russian River Valley, $22
- Style: fruity and fresh
- Taste: crisp and dry with notes of rose petals, strawberry and watermelon and a distinctive salty minerality finish.
- Pairing: ribeye with spring greens salad
- Drink: Chateau de Pibarnon 2012 Rose Bandol, $26
- Style: sweet with high acidity
- Taste: moderately sweet with flavors of strawberry, green melon lemon
- Pairing: spicy food or dessert
- Drink: Bucklin Old Hill Ranch 2013 Rosé, $24
- Style: savory
- Taste: bold and full-bodied with notes of peach skin, white pepper, green olive, strawberry and cherry.
- Pairing: barbecue or curry
- Drink: Charles & Charles Rose 2013, $14
- Style: fruity
- Taste: slightly dry with aromas of fresh strawberries, green melon, roses and yellow peach and bitter note on the finish
- Pairing: roasted chicken
- Drink: Griffin’s 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, $11
- Style: fruity and zesty
- Taste: full body with moderate acidity and notes of ripe strawberry, orange and hibiscus.
- Pairing: light antipasti and Asian cuisine
- Drink: J Lohr Gesture Grenache 2010 Rose Paso Robles, $18
Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
- Style: savory
- Taste: heightened acidity with flavors of green bell pepper, cherry sauce, black currant and pepper spice
- Pairing: grilled cheese sandwich or spicy steak
- Drink: Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Rosé, $9
Rosé Fun Facts:
- Provence is considered the mother of French rosé, circling back 2,600 years.
- About 141 million bottles, or 75%, of all Provencal wine is rosé.
- Rosé can be made four ways: pressing, limited maceration, run off or saignée (bleeding off the juice from pressed red grapes).
- The most common way of making rosé Champagne is by adding on average about 15% of still red wine to the white assemblage.
- In 2012, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Château Miraval and released their first rosé on Valentine’s Day of the following year. I’ve tried it and it’s pretty damn good!
- France is the world’s largest producer of rosé, graciously providing 28% of the planet’s total production. Italy and the U.S. come in next.
- Over the past 10 years, rosé wine production in France has increased more than 30% due to its spiked popularity all over the world.
- France consumes more rosé than white wine. A French friend of mine mentioned that rosé was literally treated like water in the South of France with families buying large-format bottles and stocking the fridge with it to enjoy throughout the day.
- The U.S. is second thirstiest country for rosé just slightly behind France.
- Rosé wine can and should be enjoyed year-round but is generally considered a spring and summer drink due to wine’s usual release in the first half of the year.
- Most rosé is best consumed within two years from its release.