Rosé wine is having a moment – so no need to blush if you fancy some
Rosé has long been the go-to wine everyone uncorked once the sun came out. Cue the eye rolls from bartenders...
But no longer. Rosé isn't just a holiday tipple that doesn't take itself seriously any more. Winemakers are now pouring (ha!) their time and energy into turning the blush wine into something memorable, with pale, dry Provençal rosés particularly enjoying a fashionable moment.
Go to Provence
Rosés can be made from a variety of grapes, but Provence rosé is made from red grapes exclusively. After the fruit is crushed, it's only left in contact with the skins for a short time in order to achieve its pinkish tone.
"Just when we thought that Provence rosé couldn’t possibly get more popular, it is on everyone’s lips as the new wine to enjoy at the dinner table with some good food this summer," says Jeany Cronk, who produces award-winning rosés with husband Stephen in Provence for their brand Mirabeau.
From choosing the right wine glass to knowing when to drink your rosé, here's everything you need to know to maximise your enjoyment of this tasty tipple...
Jeany recommends knowing which rosés will suit your palate. If you're looking for a gastronomic style and dry taste, try a wine from Provence or Languedoc. If you crave something sweeter, then American and Australian choices are your best bet.
What to eat with rosé wine
"Rosé is very versatile when it comes to food, but it’s at it’s very best with Mediterranean cuisines, fish, salads and barbecues," explains Cronk. "And dare to serve good rosé with food and not just as an aperitif."
Skip the ice
The quickest way to destroy the delicate aromas of a rosé and dilute the flavours? Adding ice cubes or over-chilling your bottle. The best temperature for rosés is between 8 and 10 degrees.
When to drink your rosé wine
Some wines are best drunk after being aged for many years – rosés aren't in that category. According to Cronk, the best time to pop the bottle open is the year after the rosé was made. "If you have a very good quality one, it will survive another one or two years, but the fruit aromas and the colour will change. As a general rule, buy it and enjoy it in the same year, best of all with some good friends."
The right type of glass for rosé wine
Did you know your choice of glass makes a difference to your rosé experience? Choosing a stemmed glass is always key for drinking any wine to ensure your hands don't alter the drink's temperature too quickly, but rosé tastes optimal in a glass with a "tulip-shaped bowl and sides that taper towards the top," reports The Observer. This will help you to get the most out of each sip – make that gulp – of wine.