If you’ve been to the grocery and/or liquor store lately, you may have noticed Rosé flooding the shelves. That’s because Spring is here, and rather than drinking boring white or red wines week after week, people are looking for a little change. Something lighter, with a perfect balance of dry and sweet, infused with delicate fruity undertones that not only pairs well with any meal, but is inexpensive and goes perfect with this beautiful Spring weather.
If you don’t know much about Rosé or what to look for when choosing a bottle, here are a few fun facts to take note of:
1. Rosé is not created by mixing red and white wines together. It’s created by juicing red grapes, and leaving the skins on for a very short period of time. The longer the skins are left on, the darker the hue.
2. Although this type of wine has been around for ages and may be known as one of the oldest types of wine, 2014 put Rosé on the map as the new ‘it’ drink to try.
3. From barbecue to sushi, this wine pairs well with practically anything.
4. Unlike red or white wines that get better with age, Rosé gets better the newer the vintage. If you’re determined on buying an older vintage Rosé, don’t go back any more than 3 years, as taste does not improve with age.
5. You don’t need to spend any more than $20 to find a good bottle.
6. Rosé is perfect for mixing; spritzers, sangria, punch and more!
7. Just as you would a white wine, be sure to chill before drinking.
8. If you’re uncertain on what brand to choose, look for something from Provence, France (THE best wine-growing region). You can’t go wrong! After all, Rosé is the French word for pink.
Here are our top picks for Rosé wines you need to try right now!
Globerati Rosé, Italy. With hints of wild strawberries and a crisp, clean taste, this wine goes well with a fresh salad, or a rich, creamy brie paired with fresh fruit and honey roasted almonds. Albero Spanish Rosé, Spain. Made exclusively at Trader Joe’s, Albero Rosé uses 100% organically grown grapes and has an abundance of strawberry and raspberry notes bursting with flavor. At just under $10 this wine is worth every penny.
Jolie Folle Rosé, France. To ensure freshness, the grapes used for this blend are handpicked at night and immediately pressed to retain distinct aromas. This lively and aromatic wine is marked by wild strawberries, watermelon and white-fleshed fruit flavors for a mouthwatering finish sure to please any palate.
Roscato Rosé Dolce, Italy. If you’re looking for something slightly sweeter than your typical Rosé with a little fizz, then look look no further. Perfectly balanced with a crisp acidity and soft notes of strawberry and raspberry, this fruit driven wine pairs well with practically any dish, especially dessert!
Luc Belaire Rare Rosé, France. This light bubbly adds a nice texture that will awaken your taste buds with every sip. The combination of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes give this popular Rosé warm, subtle hints of blackberry and blackcurrant.
Whether you’re in search of a Rosé for a relaxing night at home or simply looking for the perfect blend to celebrate this wonderful Spring weather, don’t be afraid to grab a bottle that catches your eye. If it’s made it to the shelf, it’s worth a try. Bottoms up!