Many wine connoisseurs often disregard rose wine considering them inferior to the more preferred varieties of red and white wine; but for many people around the world, rose wine serves as the perfect antidote on a hot summer day.
Blush wines or rose wines, call them what you want, it does not take away from the crispness and lightness of the rose variety of wine that many people love to indulge in on a hot summer day. Rose wines are called so because of their color, which is not a true red but the color of a white wine with just enough tinge of red giving it a slightly pinkish appearance. This color may vary depending on the type of grapes used, making the color of the wine appear orange or even purple at times. As is well known among wine cognoscenti, there is always a specific manner in which wine should be served.
Rose Wine: An Introduction
As has been mentioned earlier, rose wines are not always rose colored. In fact, the color of a rose wine may vary depending on the type of grapes that has been used in order to make the wine. The reason rose wines have the pinkish tinge is because the red grapes that are used to make the wine are crushed earlier than normal which reduces their ability to imbue the wine with the correct amount of tannin which is responsible for the color of the wine.
In earlier times, red wine was also made by adding a small amount of red wine to white wine. This is the reason why rose wine was often noticed to have more white wine like flavor and characteristics. Also, mixing the two wines created a drink that had the character that was reminiscent of red wine while maintaining the crisp taste of the white wine.
Rose wines can generally be categorized into three different types: blending which is made after combining red and white wine, skin contact which is created when the skin of red grapes are kept in immature wine so that they imbue the color of the skin, and saignee which is a secondary product of red wine. The taste of rose wines can vary greatly depending on the region they come from. With European rose wines the taste generally veers towards the dry but with rose wines from the US, the wines tend to be sweet.
Serving Rose Wine
The method that needs to be followed in order to serve rose wine needs a certain amount of attention to detail. Given below are the steps that you need to follow while serving wine of the rose variety.
- It is important that you always serve the wine at the correct temperature. With rose wine, this temperature is about 50 – 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure that you cool down the wine you are about to serve to this temperature.
- After the wine has been suitably chilled, it is now ready to be served. First you will need to remove the aluminum seal on the bottle cork. Only once this seal has been removed, you can remove the cork of the bottle.
- Next, take a corkscrew and insert the same into the cork. In order to do this, you will need to keep turning the corkscrew in the clockwise direction. Once it is inserted completely, just pull it out. You will hear a hissing sound when this happens.
- While pouring the wine into the glass, remember to fill it only to about three fourth of its limit. To prevent spills, just roll the bottle slightly.
- Once you have served wine to everyone, you can put the cork back in to the bottle and refrigerate it again.
When you learn to serve rose wine, it is also important that you gain some knowledge about what to serve with rose wine. Most gourmets suggest that the perfect food items to serve with rose wine are bruschetta, salmon, nicoise salad, cheese, white meat, pickled vegetables, etc. For wine lovers, rose wine may not be the best wine to indulge in but for most people who are not as hard and fast about their wine tastes, a glass of rose wine may be just what they need to refresh themselves.