How do we make still rosé wine?
By mixing red and white wines? Good try… but no, unfortunately…
This is the method used for Champagne rose wine only
How to pronounce Rosé?
To make it simple, you need grapes with a black skin.
The color of the wine depends on how long the skin is in contact with the juice; the black skin colors the white juice. The winemaker stops the process when he reaches the desired tint, then he vinifies (ferments) the wine as he would any still (non-sparkling) wine.
So for example, Rosé de Provence wines are often pale versus Cabernet d’Anjou (Loire Valley), which are more red.
One more thing: more color means more tannin. The reason is that pigmentation and tannin are located in the skin of the grape.
Tannin are particles that gives structure and weight into your wine. Sometimes you can have the sensation of “eating,“ chewing the wine. It also dries your mouth. This is tannin
Rosé wine is great for the summer season for its refreshing quality.
Just pick one according to your taste! Light or more structure?
When numerous Parisians starting drinking bottle of rosé at une terrasse de café (front patio of a bar or a restaurant) means summer is here! Yeah…
The hot weather makes you want to cool down while talking with your friends
How to pronounce Une terrasse de café?
When to drink Rosé wine?
Apéro time (meaning after work, pre-dinner cocktail or simply a few drinks before your meal ), grilling in your friend’s garden or patio, pétanque game…
How to pronounce Apéro?
How to pronounce Pétanque?
For your information, on vacation some French people also have Apéro at lunch ! This means they start drinking fresh Rosé at noon until dawn…
How could you resist this paradise… Vacation in South of France is nice…
Did you know that the rosé wine is the most ancient wine produced? We need to go back to Egyptian, Greeks, or Romans civilizations to find the first trace of it… So don’t think because rosé wine drinking has begun to be fashionable that it is a recent type of wine.
The Greeks were already in vogue
- drink them young
- and cold 50 – 55 °F
- use a wine cooler to keep your wine at the perfect temperature!
Main grapes used – Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir…
Main French regions – Provence, Vallée du Rhône Sud (Tavel, Minervois…), Bordeaux, Vallée de la Loire (Cabernet d’Anjou, Sancerre….), Alsace…
Main Provence Appelation – Côtes de Provence, Bandol, Cassis, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence…
Enjoy your tasting!
How to pronounce Bonne dégustation?