With rosé wine growing in popularity at a rapid pace, winemakers are doing all they can to produce the best rosé they can. Back in 2015, 1 in every 510 bottles of wine Americans drank was rosé, just two years later that number changed to 1 in every 36 bottles. According to Nielsen, rosé wine only makes up 1.5% of the total wine category but is growing at a rate, unlike any other wines.
Here is everything you need to know about rosé, from how it’s made to where the best bottles come from and more for you to become a rosé expert in no time.
How Rosé Is Made
Winemakers usually rely on three methods of producing rosé: blending, bleeding and skin contact.
Blending: It is exactly what it sounds like, getting that perfect blend of red and white wine to make the rosé. However, it is usually used to make low-quality rosé. In French wine, the winemakers aren’t even allowed to call the wine rosé if they blend. On the flip side, blending is also used to make some of the best and most expensive rosés in the world, so it really justOKdepends on who does it best.
Bleeding: Otherwise known as the saignée method, bleeding is another way rosé is made. According to Wine Folly, It is made from red grapes that are placed in a vat (where grapes go to ferment) and after a period between 2 and 24 hours some of the juices “bleed” off and become rosé. These are typically the darker and stronger rosés. Companies who choose to make their rosé like this usually produce more red than white wines, making it easier to create the rosé.
Limited Skin Contact: This is the most common way rosé is produced. After the grapes are picked, they are placed in a vat with the skins. The skin adds tannins and structure to the finished result. After 2 to 24 hours the juice is drained and fermented, similar to the bleeding method.
Even though these processes create the best and most naturally flavored rosés, some companies add artificial yeast strains to give it that beautiful pink color people love. Once winemakers start adding in these manufactured products the rosé begins to stray away from even being a real wine. This is how you find yourself loving the color and price of a cheap rosé, but not so much the flavor.
Where Rosé Is Prominently Made
Rosé wine is actually one of the most affordable wines on the market that are still tasty. The average price of a good quality bottle of rosé can range from $20 to $30, which is relatively inexpensive considering what some good quality red and white wines can cost. There are two main regions in France where the best rosé comes from, one is on the coast, and the other is in the heart of the country.
Provence, France: The worlds largest wine region focusing on dry rosé is in the coastal Provence, France, and their wine is making its way into American homes of wine lovers. Its ability to pair with almost any food palette and works all year long. According to Wines of Provence, Americans are slowly starting to understand more about rosé and that it comes is more than just sweet White Zinfandel like flavors and can actually be the “most versatile wine” in the world.
Loire Valley, France: Located in the heart of France, Loire Valley is known for its natural beauty and fantastic wine. According to Loire Valley Wines, it consists of several different wine regions with different grapes and styles of wine. Their Rosé also has a more dry taste making it refreshing and crisp at the same time. This wine should be enjoyed within a few years because rosé doesn’t have a very long shelf life.
How To Tell Which Rosé Is Better Than The Rest
Since most rosés can look the same, it’s sometimes hard to find a good option at the liquor store. One way to know right off the bat that the rosé probably isn’t too good is by the brand if it is a mainstream wine corporation odds are the rosé isn’t going to taste too good. Once you start getting into smaller brands of wine is when you see the price increase, but the taste gets better as well.
Also if you know where the wine is from you will also be able to get a sense of how it was made and what its flavor will be like. If it is from France, it will most likely be a crisper dry rosé, but if it is from a place in the United States that mostly produces sweet white wines, odds are their rosé will be sweet too.
Understanding where wine is from and what that region typically will help you find the best tasting rosé for you and let you explore different brands you usually wouldn’t have.