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Posh, pink and deliciously fresh, Rosé wine is the perfect middle ground between red and white, and it’s a pleasure to drink whether it’s summer or winter.Gone are the days when Rosé was thought of as a girly drink, and in France sales of Rosé have now exceeded those of white wine.
What is Rosé Wine?
Rosé wine is originally from France, but is produced all over the world and can be made from just about any red wine grape, from merlot to syrah to Grenache.
Contrary to popular belief, Rosé wine is not a mixture of red and white wine. The main difference between Rosé and red wine is that red wines are left to ferment with their skins for weeks at a time, whereas Rosé wines are usually stained for just a few hours. When the wine has reached the right hue, winemakers remove the red grape skins and leave it to ferment on its own.
How should you serve Rosé wine?
Rosé wine is best when served lightly chilled, around 10°C to 15°C. To achieve this, put it in the refrigerator an hour or two before drinking it or in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Once open, leave it out on the table rather than chilling it in an ice bucket, as the wine’s aromas and characters will change as the temperature rises, which can be a good thing with Rosé wine.
What types of Rosé are there?
There are different Rosé wine types and styles, from semi sweet to dry, and savoury to fruity and floral. The price of Rosé wine varies depending on where it hails from, but it’s generally an affordable wine, especially if you stick with Australian brands such as Nine Vines or Innocent Bystander.
What foods does Rosé wine match well with?
With hints of strawberry, honey melon and citrus zest, and alcohol content between 11.5% and 13.5%, Rosé is excellent as a refreshing summer drink but also sturdy enough to be enjoyed with main dishes like pizza or grilled meat.
If you want to pair Rosé with food, aim for light pasta dishes, grilled meat, fish and seafood or even spicy Indian dishes that call for a mellow drink.