Rosè Season Is Here!

Don’t Fear the Pink Wine! Rosè Season Is Here!

That winter bite in the air is almost gone and that means that all the new rosès are trickling in, many will say what is a rosè? Why is it so important? If you find yourself saying “I won’t like them, I dont like sweet wines!”,  we’re here to explain to you why it’s a great time of the season for the not-so-sweet wine lovers. Don’t fear pink wine!

What is a rosè? A rosè is a fresh, crisp wine that is made from macerating (softening or breaking into pieces using a liquid) red grapes on their skins from anywhere between a few hours to a couple of days. If they were left to sit longer you would have a full bodied red wine but because the process is stopped earlier, you get Rosès!  They are not sweet and are the freshest wine available during the season.  Rosès are not red and white wine mixed together.  There’s an actual science behind it!

On February 12th, 2016, a French winery was fined for illegally blending red and white wines and bottling it as a rosè. The tribunal in Albi, southern France, fined Vinovalie €10,000 for illegal rosé production, with a further €1,000 in damages. Three employees in managerial roles were separately fined between €1,000 and €5,000 for their role in the affair.

Notice the difference based on the grape used?

You can make a rosè from almost any grape in the world. The most common are Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, and Pinot Noir. Here at Red, Wine and Brew in Chesterland, our selection is growing by the week!  We do our best to evaluate the best of the season so stop on by and pick one up.

Compliments of the Wine Department at RWB – Chesterland!