A couple weekends ago, I made my first trip to California wine country—actually my first trip to California, full stop—and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. I was also overwhelmed by how little I knew about wine, especially as a Rosé All-Day type of girl. Are you ready to get the full download? Because I’m about to drop some serious knowledge on you (all of which I learned from Bonterra Organic Vineyards lead winemaker, Jeff Cichocki).
- Did you think that rosé is a blend of red and white wine? I did! And I was wrong. It's actually made from red grapes that get treated like white ones. Rosé gets its pink hue from contact with the (red) skin of the grape and the amount of time the grape skin remains in contact determines the hue of the wine.
- Rosé is meant to be enjoyed young, typically within a year after it's harvested. So, when you're in your local liquor store, pass on any bottles that are older than 2017, as they generally do not taste better with age.
- Grenache is one of the most popular grapes used in making rosé. It comes from Provence, a region in southeastern France.
- White Zinfandel is the OG Rosé and is known for its signature sweetness. These days, pink wines tend to be lower in sugar. Bonterra's 2017 rosé has about 2 grams of residual sugar per liter compared to White Zin's 5 grams.
- While you may think of rosé as being a "sweet" wine, it's definitely a dry wine and, these days, it's often high in acidity. However, different styles and vintages have different characteristics.
So, there you have it! If you ask me rosé is the perfect drink for summer because of its light and fruity flavor. Quite refreshing on a hot summer’s day.