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A Recipe for Every Rosé

Ready to experiment with rosé wines? Find the right pairing for every bottle.

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What is rosé, exactly?
Rosé is a style of winemaking, not a type of grape. There are two different techniques:
Red grapes are harvested just once, and their skins are left in contact with the juice for 8–12 hours, depending on the type of grape. The darker the grape, the less time is required for this process. Pale Pinot Noir grapes require the most time.
Basically, it means blending a red and white harvest of the same grape, or blending two different types of grapes. In both cases, you get the complexity of a red with the crispness of a white.

Where is the most popular rosé region?
The South of France. Its Mediterranean climate and maritime influence are ideal for producing it, and it’s a nice warm-weather alternative to heavier red wines.

Didn’t these wines have a bad rap?
Rosés became the blush-colored stepchild of the industry when White Zinfandel was produced in California in the ‘80s. White Zin is a rosé with a syrupy, chemical flavor, and it gave a bad name to the rest of the rosés, which are more sophisticated. Now that stigma is changing; it’s more prevalent on menus, and more wineries are producing rosé now, which means there are more delicious varieties to explore.

Should you let it age, like a red?
Rosé is a bright, fresh, young wine, meant to be drunk just off the vines and stored for no more than a year. The majority of rosés are made in stainless-steel vats so they don’t come in contact with any oak. They don’t have the longevity of red wine and even some whites, which is why it is key to buy rosés of a youthful vintage.

Pairing your wines with food is simple! You buy the bottle and we’ll tell you what to make.
Drink: Frederic Magnien Bourgogne Rosé 2006
Eat: Spiced and Honey-Glazed Ham
Eat: Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Gravy

Drink: Ott Chateau de Selle 2006
Eat: Outrageous Lobster Salad Rolls

Drink: Chateau d'Agueria 2005
Eat: Ham Croquettes
Eat: Croquetas de Pollo

Drink: Marques de Caceres 2005
Eat: Grilled Pork and Mango Salad

Drink: Torre del Beati 2006
Eat: Salmon Polenta Skewers
Eat: Gazpacho

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