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How do we make still rosé wine?

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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?

 

Technical explanation

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.

1. Rose Infinie  2. Cabernet d'Anjou

 

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?

 

French anecdote

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?

3. Apero Rose Paris

©Bollis Kitchen

 

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…

Apéro Rosé 4. Barbecue Entre Amis 6. Petanque et Rose

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…

5. Apero Rose Vacances

©menutithomassss

 

Historical story…

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 :-)

 

Advice:

  • drink them young
  • and cold 50 – 55 °F
  • use a wine cooler to keep your wine at the perfect temperature!

 

Main grapes usedGrenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet  Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir…  

Main French regionsProvence, Vallée du Rhône Sud (Tavel, Minervois…), Bordeaux, Vallée de la Loire (Cabernet d’Anjou, Sancerre….), Alsace…

Main Provence AppelationCôtes de Provence, Bandol, Cassis, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence… 

 

Bonne dégustation!

Enjoy your tasting!

 

How to pronounce Bonne dégustation?

 

Santé ! Prospérité ! Bonheur !

 

A bientôt!

Bye,

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