Overview of Rose Wine


While it may be called rosato in Italy, rose in the US and rosado in Spain, the names all point to wines that are pink in color. Just as there are many shades of color for other types of wine, roses also come in many shades thanks to what variety of grapes used to make them and how long the skin of the grape is left to sit in the juice. The flavors range from bone dry to sweet or even decidedly dry, if the rose wine is from Europe.

How Do The Shades Of Rose Come About?

There are different varieties of red grapes that are used to produce rose wines. Some of the most common varieties of grapes utilized are Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Noir or Malbec. While only one type of grape may be used to make a particular rose, it is also not uncommon to use a blend of different grape varietes. More often that not, the grapes used in roses made in a specific country will be country specific. For example, roses made in America are often made from the Zinfandel or Merlot wine grape, while winemakers in Spain may use the Garnacha or Tempranillo varietals that grow there. Unlike dark red wines, the pink tones of this wine come about due to the grape skins not being left in the grape’s juice for very long. The color will become lighter depending on the smaller increments of time with the skin. To produce a range of shades from a pink and orange mix to a hot pink that glows, the skins are left in the juice for longer periods of time. Historically, roses that are sparkling are typically made from a white and red grape mix, but some winemakers are now using this same mix for still roses, too.

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What Roses Taste Like

While red wines typically have a bolder taste, roses usually have a much more subtle flavor. It is also not uncommon for many of these wines to have flavors that hint of raspberries or cherries, and some even have hints of watermelon or citrus.

When Is It The Right Time To Drink Rose Wine?

While rose wine can be enjoyed all year round, they have a flavor that lends well to warmer weather months because they are so refreshing when they are chilled. They are also versatile enough to pair well with many types of food. To illustrate, they are popular to drink with surf and turf because they go well with both steak and seafood alike. Because they have a subtle, light taste, they’re ideal for picnic foods such as deli meat sandwiches, potato salads and even potato chips. They also go well with foods that are typically grilled for get-togethers like hotdogs or hamburgers, along with the accompanying condiments like catsup and mustard.

White Zinfandel, which looks very much like rose wine, was popular for quiet some time until global vitners began offering roses that are no longer overly sweet, and instead come in a wide variety of flavors. Vitners and wine connoisseurs the world over are enjoying this comeback! Consumers are giving rose sales a big boost due to seeing that this wine is now produced with a sophisticated taste, rather than the overly-sweet flavor they had in years past. Yet another advantage to this refreshing wine is that the investment is low, yet  it has a great flavor value.