What makes a Rosé? Taste, Color, Dryness
By Emma Lammers
Whether it’s a fancy date night with your significant other, a girl’s night with your favorite girls, brunch, or a backyard cookout in the summer, rosé would be the perfect choice to make the event even better. rosé has many qualities at play to create one of the most versatile wines on the market. Let’s break it down.
Starting off with the basics, rosé has become one of the most popular drinks around the globe. The creation of rosé can be traced back to the Greeks, but is most well known to have gotten its jump start in France. rosé tends to be drier in Europe and sweeter everywhere else. In recent years, its popularity in America has skyrocketed and leaves you with many choices to figure out the perfect rosé for you.
There are many different factors that go into choosing the right rosé for your event. One of the first qualities you can decide is if it’s sparkling, semi sparkling or still. Sparkling rosé pairs perfectly for a celebratory event or to just add a bit of excitement to the evening. If that doesn’t sound fitting, you could always grab the still rosé. Whatever you choose, it will leave you wanting more.
One of the most distinct features of rosé is the color palette it provides. It can be anywhere from a light pink, almost orange color to a deep red. This is because of the grapes used in the creation of your bottle. The skins of the grapes soak for a short amount of time, allowing the pink color to deepen to its desired hue. The different color selections can add to the atmosphere of the event, which is perfect if you plan on snapping a couple pictures of you and your guests or to embellish the decorations.
Rosé can be many ranges of sweet or dry. The way the wine is created determines the sweetness of the bottle. Starting off with sweet, one of the most common sweet rosé is Pink Moscato. Pink Moscato is known to be very sweet and pairs well with deserts, but is also commonly paired with appetizers as well. Since it is so sweet, it is known to be very flavorful with lower alcohol content. You can find Pink Moscato with a variety of fruity flavors, some of the most common ones are peach, strawberry and cherry.
If you aren’t necessarily into the super sweet Pink Moscato, but still want a wine that is in between sweet and dry, you could try sparkling rosé. This wine would be amazing to pull out at a celebratory event or at Sunday brunch. Sparkling rosé is known to pair well with almost any food choice and create a bubbly atmosphere for those around you. The flavors tend to fall similar to Pink Moscato, with accents of strawberry and raspberry, just slightly less sweet and on the lighter side with a smooth texture, similar to champagne.
If you prefer a non-sweet rosé, dry style rosés are for you. One of the most common dry rosé is Pinot Noir rosé. This wine is considered dry because it has been fermented longer, but still has that signature sweetness that we tend to associate with rosé. Dry rosé compliments any food pairing and is a great choice of wine to bring when you are attending a gathering and aren’t sure what the food palette looks like. The flavors Pinot Noir rosé offers are a little different then Pink Moscato and Sparkling rosé. While it still has that berry undertone, you can also taste a hint of orange, herbs and spices. It is recommended that it is chilled before drinking to be able to get the full experience of the flavors.
Rosé is on the rise and very much here to stay. There is a rosé out there to accommodate everyone’s wine preferences. It is the perfect wine to choose for the next event you will be hosting or attending because it is such a palate pleaser.