Rosé All Day. Yes Way, Rosé. Bro-sé. Embrace them.
On a technical level, the pink stuff is the bridge between white and red wine. But that's not important. What you really need to know is this: Rosé is less a wine and more a life philosophy. It's like if red wine chilled out, literally and figuratively, because like revenge, it's best served cold. It's why rosé is best suited for backyards, lazy Sundays and sleeve-optional gatherings of any kind.
But Seriously. What Is It?
All right, fine. Clearly, you're not going to worship at the Church of Rosé without asking questions. Since you must know, any of your favorite red wine grapes can be used to create the pink drink. The difference is that rosé wines ferment while touching the grape skins for a few hours, as opposed to days or weeks for red wines. Grape skin gives wine its color, so cutting the exposure short is what causes the pink hues. The chill vibes that come with rosé remain an inexplicable gift from the pink god, though.
How Is Rosé Made?
As with many beverages of the spirited variety, the method varies by country. For instance, the French make it differently than the Italians, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give both a try.
In some cases, rosé actually starts out as red wine. Charcoal is used to bleach much of the color from the wine, rendering it much paler in comparison, so it appears like other rosés on digital store shelves.
Believe it or not, rosé can also be considered a green product. Not because of its color, obviously, but because of how it's sometimes produced. Winemakers often remove some of the color from their red wines and use the leftovers for rosé instead of discarding it. If you drink rosé, you might be imbibing a recycled product. Pat yourself on the back.
Where Is Rosé Made?
Most rosés come from France or Italy, though you can also find rosé from the good ol' US of A. The French region of Provence produces much of the world's rosé, including communes in the Cotes de Provence AOC and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOC. Darker rosés often come from the Bandol AOC in Provence — they're great if you like a little bit of spice in your glass.
The Loire Valley is another French destination for delectable rosés. Wines that come from this region are often co-fermented with both red and white grapes, which produces the signature rosé color.
If you prefer Italian wines, you can find rosés from the Abruzzo and Occhio di Pernice regions. Other European countries that produce rosés include Switzerland, Germany and Spain, though you can also find a few select vintages from Austria. In the States, you might see wines labeled as blush — it's just a rose by another name.
What Should You Eat With Rosé Wine?
A glass of rosé improves every aspect of your life, so why would food of any kind be different? It's not. But, if we had to choose a few standouts, we'd go with these: pasta salad, charcuterie, fish tacos and gazpacho. If you're planning an elegant meal, rosé provides an excellent choice to pair with your entrée. Taste the wine first to test its weight and notes.
For instance, a light, crisp rosé pairs well with fish, such as salmon and tilapia, as well as chicken and turkey dishes. Meanwhile, darker rosés often work best in place of a red wine. Try serving them with Italian foods coated in red sauces to give the entire meal more flavor. A rosé with fruity notes pairs perfectly