ROSÉ, THE WINE THAT SHINES BRIGHT IN SUMMER
Find out everything you need to know about this wine, which pairs well with warm weather and relaxation.
With the arrival of the sun and higher temperatures, rosé wines become irresistible!
Lighter and fresher, these wines are a natural choice for those long summer days. The consumption of these wines has been growing significantly, with proposals for all tastes.
The origin of rosé wine
Although the region of Provence is known for being the birthplace of rosé wine, this wine’s roots go back to Ancient Greece where it was common to make a combination of red and white grapes and dilute it in water to produce a wine with a light pink hue.
The Phoenicians were the ones who took vineyards from Greece to the south of France and continued to use the same production process. This wine’s light and sweet style quickly made its fame spread throughout the Mediterranean. When the Romans occupied the region, they used their commercial networks to increase this popularity even more, making Provence the epicentre of rosé wine production.
A star has been born again
It is easy to like rosé wine, being a good alternative to white and red wines.
In the last decade, the world started drinking rosé wine again. Its consumption has recorded a remarkable growth and is today a much appreciated trend for warm days.
If, in the past, rosé was seen as a minor wine, with no big definition or complexity, we are now witnessing its rebirth, in all its splendour, among consumers who are increasingly curious and attentive to the admirable and diversified range of rosé wines that is currently available on the market.
This renewed interest reflects, in many cases, a new approach to the way this wine is produced. The great commitment and care that the brands began to dedicate to the production of rosé wines is well-known, recognizing their potential and presenting different proposals and of differentiated quality.
Rosé wines today earn points for their versatility, establishing themselves as much more than just a refreshing summer wine. Most rosé wines feature a balanced profusion of flavours and are considered medium-bodied wines, capable of pairing with a wide variety of dishes.
Its seductive colour makes it a highly photogenic wine and, as such, very popular with younger consumers. However, even the great wine connoisseurs and specialists have already surrendered to the pink bottles, allowing themselves to be surprised by the diversity of hues, flavours and intensities offered by these wines.
An easy-to-pair wine
The freshness and lightness of rosé wines make them a very much appreciated choice on warm summer days and nights. They can be enjoyed on their own but become even more interesting when paired with the right flavours.
Their versatility makes them the perfect choice for different scenarios, from a barbecue with friends, a romantic picnic or laid-back afternoons by the swimming pool.
To choose the most suitable rosé wine for each occasion, one needs to know that these wines can take on very different styles. Depending on the grape from which they are produced and the winemaking process that is used, it is possible to find options with a drier, fruitier or sweeter profile, which influences the type of dish with which they should be paired.
For this discovery journey, we can start by observing the wine colour. With different hues - which can range from a pale pink to a vibrant cherry -, it gives us a series of clues that help us to identify the wine style.
> Light rosé wines
These are more delicate wines, which offer an elegant and dry palate, with soft and fragrant aromas. They are ideal for aperitif or to go with fresh and light flavours such as salads, seafood, sushi or white meats.
> Cherry coloured rosés
These rosier wines are reminiscent of the cherries or strawberries colour and have a more fruity and slightly sweeter profile. They pair well with cheeses and charcuterie meats, fattier fish or spicy dishes, such as those of Indian or Mexican cuisine.
> More complex and structured rosé wines
They are more full-bodied proposals, with less acidity. These rosé wines can be similar to some light red wines, suitable for pairing with more elaborate meals. They pair well with fattier meats or pasta.
How to serve a rose wine?
If we are having a meal and different types of wine are being served, it is important to offer them in a correct order, which prevents the characteristics of the previous wine from overlapping those of the following wine. Thus, each wine will be able to conquer its space and will be enjoyed in all its potential.
The simplest sequence to follow is:
1. Sparkling/Semi-sparkling Wines
2. White Wines
3. Rosé Wines
4. Red Wines
If different styles of rosé wines are available, they should be offered from the lightest to the fullest-bodied.
These wines should be drunk fresh and, as such, it is important that they are served at an appropriate temperature, which can vary between 6ºC and 14ºC. A good suggestion is to keep them refrigerated for approximately an hour and a half before serving.
Given their characteristics, rosé wines are not meant to be aged and stored. For this reason, they should be tasted young, preferably when they are one or two years old.