A tinge of red but not quite red – a Rose it is. It is fascinating that both red wine and Rose are produced with the same grapes but look vastly different due to the different production methods. For Rose, the skins of red grapes only touch wine briefly for a few hours, unlike its sibling red wine that ferments for weeks on red grape skins. Once the wine has achieved the ideal pinkish color, the grape skins would be removed immediately. Depending on the contact time, Rose run the gamut from light orangey pink to intense, spicy pink.
The grape varietals commonly used to make a Rose are diverse: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel
Flavors in Rose
Flavors in Rose tend to be subtler than that of their red wine varietal counterparts. The primary flavors are strawberry, rose petal, citrus, honeydew melon and rhubarb. However, the flavor profile varies greatly depending on the region and the producer.
Styles of Rose
Dry Rose Wine
Dry Rose Wine is the most common style produced today worldwide. If you don’t want a sweet wine, Dry Rose Wine is the way. Here are the most common dry Rose wine varieties used either alone or in a blend:
Tasting note: Gorgeous pale pink. A burst of sweet red fruit flavors (strawberry and raspberry) and a finish that often ends with zesty sweet lemon-like acidity.
Food pairing: This lively, fruity dry rose variety is a perfect partner with appetizers such as fruit salads, aromatic spices present in Indian cuisine as well as nightshades such as eggplants and tomatoes.
Tasting note: The light color speaks for itself. Soft on the palate but bursting with robust, aromatic flavours of our favorite summer fruits – strawberry, orange zest, lemon zest, watermelon, white cherry.
Food pairing: Perfect with French spices such as Thyme or the Herbs de Provence blend that accent the sweet fruity flavor of this Dry Rose.
Tasting note: The flavor profile is bold with unexpected combination of crunchy red fruits (sweet cherry, wild strawberry, raspberry) and aromatic spices (allspice, clove, cumin).
Food pairing: This Rose has an earthy tone to it that complements a variety of dishes. Rich Chinese food dishes, Thai curries and Italian favorites such as prosciutto.
Tasting note: This Syrah blend stands out with its deep, rich ruby color. So-called the meatiest of the bunch due to its rich flavor and oily texture. Definitely not for everyone but appealing to those who love a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste that comes from white pepper, red pepper flake.
Food pairing: Pair this savory Rose with lemon-garlic shrimp or a roast vegetable linguine and you will impress any guest.
Sweet Rose wine
Well, if you are in search of a sweet Rose wine, not all hope is lost. Even though not commonly produced, it can be made sweet by simply not fermenting all the sugar into alcohol. Here are some traditionally sweet Rose wines: White Zinfandel, White Merlot, Pink Moscat
88 Lounge boasts a wide range of Rose. Come join us for a refreshing glass of fruity Rose to get energized for the week!
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