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.
To think that a little more than a year ago, frozen rosé, aka frosé, was on the fringe of spring refreshers. After all, its very existence seemed more sorority house dare than a sound cocktail concept. Wine was something to be sniffed, swirled and studied, not dumped mindlessly into a blender. America begged to differ. Today, the adult slushie sensation appears on bar lists (and Instagram feeds) from coast to coast, proving that sometimes the best rule to good imbibing is to just chill out and drink.