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Rosé & Blush

Don’t stereotype because of the flowery name: Rosés can be very sweet or dry. Try them with BBQ sometime.

About Rosé & Blush Wine

Quality Rosé is not made by blending red and white wine together. The pink color is created by a very short period of skin contact with red grapes – usually between 10 minutes and 10 hours. The longer the soak, the deeper the color.

 

Grenache and Pinot Noir are the most popular choices of grape variety, but Rosé can be made from any red grape or blend, anywhere in the world. The most fashionable examples, however, are found in Provence, France.  Though not a requirement in many regions, most rosé wines are dry.  Off-dry pink wines are usually categorized as Blush.

 

 

Mulled Rosé with Ginger and Grapefruit

In choosing rosé for mulled wine, go by color. You want a clear, vivid hue without amber tones, as the color can dull during cooking. Pink peppercorns aren’t peppercorns at all, but a dried berry with a floral, fruity and peppery flavor beautiful in any mulled wine. Use a triple sec to sweeten without affecting the final color.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ruby grapefruit
  • 2 bottles dry rosé wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 12 allspice berries or can substitute 12 cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 3–4 inches long
  • 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into 6 slices
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • whole nutmeg, grated for garnish
  • grapefruit slices and cranberries for garnish