Stop and Smell the Rosé

8:41 pm, Thursday May 24th, 2018

Spring has finally sprung and so has the craze for rosé. But what is it about that sweet (and sometimes not so sweet) pink nectar that everyone is so crazy about? Let us help provide some insight on those various shades of rose gold.

Not As Sweet As You Think

Don’t be fooled, rosés are not always sweet. Actually, rosé wines can be made in a variety of ways from still, semi-sparkling, sparkling and with drastic varying levels of sweetness. Flavors can range from the highly dry Provençal rosés to very sweet White Zinfandels.

Rosé. We Never Met a Color We Didn’t Like.

Many wonder where those beautiful shades of pink and rose gold come from. Let’s talk a little bit about the winemaking process to shed some light on the vibrant to deep shades of colors. White wines and red wines get their color from the skin of the grapes used in the winemaking process. The juice produced from the grapes are left in contact with the skin of the grape during the fermentation process, which adopts the color of the skin. Hence, white wines getting their color from the light-colored skin of the grapes, and red wines ranging from lighter red, to deep burgundies. But, where do rosés get their pink color from?

The answer is not by mixing red and white wine together, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The winemaking process differs for rosé in that the winemaker only allows the red skin of the grape to stay in contact with the juice for a very short period of time. Time can range from a few hours to a few days. This explains the wide spectrum of colors from very pale pinks, to tangerines and deeper reds. It all depends on how long the skin and juice have been in contact, as well as the variety of the grape itself.

A Taste of Rosé

Looking to get your hands on some rosé and not sure where to start? Dine with us on National Wine Day, May 25 (what better excuse do you need to drink a glass or two of wine?!) and ask for our rosé wine flight. We are introducing three varietals of rosé for $15, and a featured small plate that would pair with all three. Our wine flights will be available starting on May 25, and we’ll be featuring a number of different wines through the season. Can’t make it in on Friday, no worries, our wine flights won’t be going away.

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