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Pink Pink Wine !

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Rosé wine popularity continues to increase around the globe, even the rich and famous are getting involved with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker and most recently Jon Bon Jovi starting their own pink wine projects.

Wineries are responding and typically they may have launched at least one rosé wine in the last few years. The wine styles are varied and price tags range from the very affordable to luxury.

These days you will find both online and in store retail offerings more comprehensive than in the past and restaurants from the hipster to the top end will have a few pink wines to tempt. So, in order to navigate your way around these on trend rosé wine styles, what do you need to know?

Where do rosé wines come from?

All of the key wine producing countries that grow red grapes can make rosé wine. Well known international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Pinot Noir are used along with, for example, in Italy native grapes such as Corvina and Rondinella.

Why are rosé wines pink?

The colour of rosé wines range from the most delicate of pale pinks through to deeper ruby tinged examples. These colours are defined in the first instance by the type of black grapes used and their skin thickness. The thicker their skins, the deeper the pink colour.

What is skin contact?

Almost all grapes, including black grapes, have white juice so skin contact is key. The colour of the wine is determined by not just the grape type and skin thickness but also by the length of time the juice of the grape is in contact with the skins of the grape. The longer the skin contact, the deeper the pink colour, skin contact can last beween two and ten hours depending on the intended aromas, flavours, overall wine style and of course the colour desired.

Can rosé be a blend of red and white wine?

Sometimes, for example in Champagne, local wine laws allow red and white wine to be blended to make rosé, the more red wine that is blended into the white wine, the deeper the pink colour.

Is rosé wine sweet?

For many of us our first foray into pink wines would have been Blush or White Zinfandel, this style is typically fairly sweet and easy drinking and a good place to start if you don’t like dry wines. Rosé wine can be made from bone dry through to sweet and can either be still or sparking. Provence is a good example of a restrained pale dry rosé or for something more ripe and fruity, Garnacha from Spain, or from the same grape known as Grenache in Australia.

How many calories are there in a rosé wine?

Calorie content is dependant upon glass size, how sweet the wine is and the alcohol content of the wine. Some wines have the calorie count on the back label but most don’t so, for a guide, a dry rosé has between 70 to 100 calories per 100ml glass.

Can men drink rosé wine?

Absolutely yes, theres a style out there for everyone .

What temperature should my rosé wine be

Serve your pink wine straight from the fridge or the ice bucket, 8 - 10 degrees celsius is perfect.

What food goes with rosé wine?

Its very versatile and its good to experiment with different dishes but from shellfish with the dryer styles through sushi and pasta to strawberries with the riper styles the possibilities are endless.

When should I drink rosé wine?

Honestly, anytime you want. Such is the versatility of rosé wine styles that the days of sticking to the summer months to drink rosé wine are long gone.

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