Longer days and warmer nights beg for a glass of rosé. From dedicated instagram feeds to “bro-se,” it seems rose has been having its moment for a while now. And why not? It’s light, refreshing, and we think... a little mysterious. It’s not white wine, but not quite red either. So what is it?
It’s not a grape, it’s a (life) style. Rosé is almost exclusively made from red wine grapes, and produced in a way that involves less contact with the skin of the grapes and less time aging. This leads to that delicious pink color and crisp taste. It is also why some rosés have flavors that are usually found in red wine.
Rosé can be made from almost any type of red grape, but some of the most common grapes for include Pinot Noir or Grenache. Just like whites and reds, rosé can be of a single varietal or a blend and can even be made into sparkling wine. Most rosés are meant to be enjoyed young, so look for bottles dated within the past few years.
Where in the world
Just about anywhere that wine is produced, you’ll find rosé. The largest region is Provence, France, known for some of the best quality rosés. Their rosés are light, bright and aromatic and are very pale in color. Provençale rosés are so delicious, that many winemakers around the world use similar methods when producing their rosés.
In the US the rosé offerings are diverse. Winemakers produce it with everything from Cabernet to Pinot, to blends. The result are rosés that vary in flavor profiles, from light to deep, savory to sweet.
Find your style
Provence meets California: Solace Rosé
If the lighter the better is your style, then seek out methode provençale rosés, like this one from Solace. Light and clean, methode provençale rosés are some of the most famous in the world, loved for their pale hue and light, aromatic flavors, like fresh berries and floral notes. This style means that the wine is made from red grapes that are only grown for rosé production and that the grape juices have minimal exposure to the skins, to achieve that perfect crispness.
The Vin Gris: Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare
A little fruity, a little citrus and a touch of minerality sound just right? Reach for the Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare. Vin Gris is winemaking style that produces incredibly light-hued rosés. As such, lighter, more aromatic grapes or blends of grapes are a common choice to keep the flavor profile bright, like the majority Grenache in this Bonny Doon rosé. We think you’ll love the freshness this offers, mixed with that slightly savory minerality.
The Pinot Noir: Rainstorm Silver Linings Rosé of Pinot Noir
Fresh and floral come together in this balanced rosé from Rainstorm. Elegant, aromatic Pinot Noir is one of the most popular grapes for rosé, especially in America. With Oregon producing some of the best rosés around, it’s only natural that this thirst-quenching style is a hit. While it will be a little darker than the vin gris or methode provençale rosés, it will still be incredibly sippable. You’ll love the rose petal notes, along with the fresh berries and citrus.
The Darker Side: Cosentino THE Rosé
If you have bold tastes, a deeper rosé will be your go-to, like this one from Cosentino. This winery is known for their bold wines and their rosé is no exception. Darker hued, this rosé is a little stronger in flavor, including notes of fresh fruit and dark berries. While it is a dry style rosé, those berry flavors leave the slightest touch of sweetness, which will make it a BBQ go-to.
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