The craze surrounding rosé wines is almost assuming a cult-like following with many millennials opting for the pink-hued wine at weddings, parties and other social functions.
Rosé wines offer a light refreshing feeling which matches any occasion and suits the sweet palate of the 21st-century wine drinker.
However, while you enjoy the amazing flavours of the rose wine, there are a few things you should know to stand you out among your peers.
1. Where does Rosé get its colour?
Rosé wines do not only get their colour from the mixing of red and white wines. While some producers adopt the method of adding a little red wine to white wine to make rose, others have stuck to the traditional method. That latter involves the immersion of the skin of red grapes in the wine for a short period of time (typically anywhere from 2 to 20 hours). The sooner the grape skins are removed, the lighter the rosé will be; the longer they are allowed to sit in the wine, the deeper pink the rosé.
2. Can I age my Rose?
Wine aging is believed to make the wine taste better. However, for Rose wines, it is best to drink it within 3 years of purchase. Rose does not have the same amount of tannins contained in red wines to enable it to age properly. Even some red wines are no longer capable of aging for long due to the need for commercial production.
3. Can I use Rose Wine for Cocktail?
Rose wines can be used to create a mean cocktail, it all depends on the skills of you mixologist or bartender. Rose can be used in making any style of cocktails, especially when considering most roses are rich in honeydew melon, citrus and rhubarb.
4. What food can I pair it with?
Rose is not selective when it comes to food pairing. From spicy Indian meals, to salads, pizzas and rich burgers, rose is a perfect pair. For those in love with tradtional African dishes, your rose wine pairs beautifully with melon (egusi) soup.
5. What is the best temperature?
Agreed that rosé is awesome when served chilled but there is no wrong in drinking it warm – the flavours are still released, just differently. Because of the casual nature of rosé, you can add ice to it before drinking.