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.
How to Recommend the Perfect Bottle of Rosé
In much of the world, rosé has been popular for spring and summer consumption. However, thanks to the French, who drink it all year long, year-round consumption has caught hold in America. Many restaurants and stores now feature extensive rosé lists throughout the year.
These wines are easier to market than ever before thanks to the availability of a broad range of styles. Rosés can be made from Pinot Noir, which can be pale pink in color; to a Spanish Garnacha, which is likely to be a more intense pink shade. The different flavors and alcohol levels of these wines also make them ideal for different occasions and food pairings.
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