The message for this post is to take away the skepticism and misconception you may have that Rosé wine has the same sweetness associated with white zinfandel.
Today the term “blush” wine is most often related to white zinfandel. The term “Rosé” is given to both old and new world wines produced in a drier style with a pinkish color.
Spring and summer is a great time to enjoy Rosé wines. When someone says they don’t like Rosé wine they can be missing out on enjoying a new wine that is perfect for the season.
In the mid 1970’s “white” zinfandel as we know it today was an accident that happened during fermentation. The technical term for this accident is “stuck fermentation” which simply means the yeast died before the sugar turned to alcohol and so the result was a sweeter wine with lower alcohol levels.
This accidental sweet wine was slow to take off in the ’70s but eventually white zinfandel became the third largest wine variety sold in the states today.
White Zinfandel is very popular with those who do not really enjoy drinking a mouth puckering dry wine, or for those who prefer sweet drinks.
Rosé Wines/Pink Wines — One In The Same
Pink wines have been produced in France and other old world regions for generations and are traditionally termed Rosé wines. These wines are more often dry though there are some producers who make an off-dry style.
Today wine’s popularity has given Rosé wine it’s place on the shelves under the “dry” label. They can be produced from a variety of red grapes some of which are sangiovese, grenache, malbec, shiraz, just to name a few.
Rosé wines can be medium to full-bodied wines that have crisp and refreshing acidity as in a white wine, and the complexity associated with a rich red wine. This combination is what makes Rosé wines versatile and food friendly.
If you are checking your wine stores for their specials, be sure to add Rosé to your wines for the spring and summer. Do keep in mind that some Rosé wines do come in a sweet style. Be sure to ask the salesperson in your wine store for the style you prefer, either dry or off-dry sweet style.
Serving Rosé Wine
Rosé wines are meant to be drunk when young and should be served within 2 years of the vintage.
Serve Rosé wines well chilled. If the temperatures are very high when you are serving your wines have a bucket filled with half water and half ice ready and place the bottles of wine in it to keep them cool.
Light Rosés will pair well with lighter foods such as salads, vegetables, chicken or lighter style fish.
Full-bodied Rosés will pair nicely with grilled meats or heartier fare.