Rose the forgotten grapes (About Rose wines)
There is nothing refreshing than a chilled glass of rosé on a hot summers day. Sitting around the barbecue with friends and family enjoying a sip of the pink drink. Rosé does make me think of hot summer months, because it is the best time to enjoy it cold, but I know quite a few friends who’s choice of drink is rosé all year round. We always talk and read about red and white wine and its benefits, but there is so much to learn about rosé wine.
Even though it looks like red wine and white wine had a perfect baby, did you know that rosé does not always have to take on a pink color? It all depends on how long the grape skins were in contact with the juice. Now, does that not immediately make rosé a lot more interesting? You also find different types of rosé wines. You can find still, sparkling, semi-sparking and also have a difference in the level of taste. Some are sweet, while other are very dry. It really depends on your personal taste.
Here are some interesting facts about the infamous pink drink
- Rosé was the first wine to be created, ever! Red and white wine was only made a thousand years later, which is an incredible fact if you think about it.
- You need to consume your rosé wines within 2-3 years because it is not made to ‘age’.
- Different countries refer to this wine differently. In Italy, we call it Rosato, while in Spain it is referred to as Rosado.
- It pairs well with almost every kind of food, so it is a great choice for a dinner table wine.
- Red wine is more expensive than rosé because it matures for less time and thus brings the cost down considerably. You should not have to pay more than $15 for a good bottle of rosé.
- You can make the best cocktails using this wine. Many bartenders have realized this and you can find it in most bars and restaurants.
It is said that the French and Italians make the most delicious rosé wines and if you are looking for a great first experience, find on that was made in France. This wine usually has a pale pink color. Think about the color of salmon and you will spot the French collection. Some of the best undertones used in French rosé are citrus, strawberry and raspberry. How delicious does that sound already? Any wine from Provence in the south of France will taste incredible, but sometimes it is hard to spot. Look out for the following labels on rosé wines and you can be sure that it was made in that area.
- Coteaux Varios
- Coteaux d’Air-en-Provence
- Côtes de Provence
Rosé seems to be growing in popularity with all the millennials, which could be a great sign for the future of this wine. I have been seeing more wine glasses with a perfectly poured pink drink, more than I have a few years ago. Just because something costs less, does not mean that it is inferior to the more expensive option. The refreshing taste, the price and the fact that it blends with most dishes, are all just bonuses.
What is great about rosé is that it does contains levels of resveratrol antioxidants, which is not found in white wine, making it a better choice for those warmer months. Your darker color rosés are usually found in Spain or Italy and the lighter counterparts are usually the ones from France. Darker wines will contain more anthocyanins, which has been linked to a decrease in heart disease. This is why it is important to consume rosé before it ages, because the levels of resveratrol is much higher at the start. After time, these levels decrease and thus should be consumed before too much time passes.
Going for a bottle of rosé with an alcohol level higher than 10% means that the grapes has a longer time fermenting. What this means is that the sugar levels will be greatly reduced and poses to be healthier for the human body. You always want to go for naturally, organically produced wines to receive as much nutritional benefits as possible. Alice Feiring who is a wine connoisseur and author, found that nonorganic wines contain more than 200 additives, which believes one to think a bit harder about the choices we make. Our bodies are what will carry us through this lifetime and we have to add to it what will help it function to that optimal space.