So what has spurred the popularity of pink wine? In part, we can thank the younger generations (we’re looking at you millennials). With clever names and even more innovative packaging you’d be hard pressed to find a more “insta-worthy” wine than Rosé. Pair all this visual appeal with a price tag that can accommodate any budget and you’ve got a everyone exclaiming “Yes Way,Rosé”. However, the Rosé trend would have not staying power if the wine wasn’t good, and we are happy to report that pink wine has come a long way from the days of white zinfandel. This unpretentious wine is known to go down easy and be quite dry and flavorful on the palate.
At it’s best Rosé should be dry and high in acid. Long gone are the days of sickly sweet blush wines (or the dreaded White Zinfandel- insert gasp here). Old World (particularly those highly sought after varieties hailing from the Provence region in France) tend to be dryer than your New World (domestic) rosé.
One question we get a lot is “What types grapes is rosé made from? Let’s get one thing clear once and for all- there is no such thing a Rosé grape. This wine can be made from just about any red grape varietal under the sun including Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Pinot Noir just to name a few. So if it comes from red grapes, why is it pink? Red grape juice, which is actually clear in the beginning, is mixed with the skins from red grapes for a short period of time. Once the wine has reached the desired shade of pink the skins are removed leaving behind a pink liquid.
While it is a perfectly quaffable wine to drink on it’s own, a good reason to reach for the Rosé is that it is such a food friendly wine. It pairs well with a plethora of foods including fish, grilled chicken and steak, as well as fresh vegetables, ripe fruits, potato chips, and decadent desserts. You just can’t go wrong with this crowd pleasing wine. So this summer take a bottle with you to the beach or sit in your backyard and enjoy a glass of this fun pink drink. As they say ‘rosé all day!’
We recently tried this brand new release from Folded Hills in the Santa Ynez Valley. Made from finest Grenache grapes in the region, it was named Wine and Spirits Best New California Rosé. With a salmon- pink hue and vibrant, refreshing flavor, at $32 a bottle, it is hard to go wrong with a bottle of Folded Hills Rosé at your next outdoor gathering. Trust us when we say you’ll want to drink this one all summer long. Get the wine HERE
Are you looking for a fun and refreshing summer mixed drink? well look no further! This blackberry cocktail will quench your thirst and then some!
1 pint fresh blackberries, plus 12 extra berries for garnish
5 ounces Simple Syrup, chilled
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry rosé wine, chilled
9 ounces vodka, chilled
6 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 9 medium limes), chilled
1) Place the pint of blackberries and simple syrup in a large pitcher and muddle until the fruit is crushed and juicy but not completely pulverized, about 1 minute.
2) Add the wine, vodka, and lime juice and stir to combine.Place a fine-mesh strainer over a punch bowl and strain the mixture into the bowl, discarding the solids. Place a large blockof ice in the punch and serve in wineglasses filled with ice.
3) Garnish each drink with a blackberry and a lime wheel.