Spring has arrived…my daffodils and crocus are about ready to open their petals… the birds are chirping like crazy knowing the worst of winter’s chill is gone… and my favorite wines are starting to fill the shelves, calling my name! Rosé wines, in all their glorious colors – the palest whisper of peach, rose petal pink, strawberry , brilliant salmon, light cherry, deep rose…they all sing to me in a symphony of deliciousness! Rosé can be made using the saignée method, where the grape skins bleed some of their pigment into the juice, or by mixing red and white wines together.
Sparkling or still? Grape varietals used to make rosé wine are numerous. Pinot noir, cinsault, grenache, sangeovese, tempranillo, syrah…do you have a favorite? Personally, I love them all! Rosé wine is so versatile. A delight to sip on the patio or deck as you await the sunset. (Be sure to compare the color in your glass to that of the sunset…a balanced partnership for sure!) The perfect match for many of our warm weather favorites…salads, grilled fish, fresh fruits…the list is endless.
I drink rosé year round. Perhaps this is contrary to most, but after indulging in this summer treasure I don’t want to wait an entire year…I stock up and savor them throughout the other seasons. Why? I can envision those spring/summer days just by looking at my glass! When the snow is knee deep, I can warm up with memories of those precious evenings where the heat and humidity screamed for that peachy-pink goodness!