You Say Rosé, I Say Yes, Please!

Spring is right around the corner, which means that the 2015 Rosés will be making their way to our shelves soon. But the 2014 Rosés are still drinking beautifully and this week only at Oliver’s Market, all 2014 Rosés are 15% off! Yes, you read correctly, all still Rosés are 15% off, (while supplies last),so pay a visit to your local Oliver’s Market and stock up on your favorites before they’re gone for good!

Rosés are hotter than ever, and it’s easy to see why! They’re crisp and refreshing, pair with a wide variety of foods, and are a great value, even before the 15% discount! Let’s take a closer look at Rosé wines and break down exactly what they are and what you should look for when purchasing one.

Rosé is produced from red wine grapes. The color of the wine comes from the skin contact with the fruit. There are three ways to produce Rosé wine; maceration, saignée and blending.

Maceration

Maceration is the process where the grapes are crushed and the juice and skins are kept in contact with each other for a period long enough to extract the desired amount of color. However, it can’t be so long that the tannins in the skins start to detract from the wine’s lively elegance.The juice is then separated from the skins and fermented.

Saignée

Saignée is a French term for “bleeding.” In this process, juice is bled off from a red wine fermentation early on so that the juice has a hint of color, but isn’t full blown red. Some people believe that rosé made in the Saignée process isn’t true rosé, but more of an afterthought since it is made from juice that will ultimately become a red wine and wasn’t intended to be a rosé from the beginning.

Blending

The blending method is where a small portion of finished red wine is added to a white base wine to make a pink colored wine. This method is outlawed in France, with the exception of making Champagne.

Flavor Profile and Food Pairing

It’s hard to nail down specifics on how Rosé wine tastes, but in general they are more subtle versions of their red wine varietal counterparts. The fruit expressions lean towards strawberry, cherry and raspberry with some citrus and watermelon notes present at times as well. Like most wines, Rosé has a broad spectrum when it comes to sweetness ranging from ultra-dry to fairly fruit-forward and slightly sweet.

Another great thing about Rosé wines is that they are extremely versatile when it comes to food. Pair a Rosé with anything from a charcuterie plate to fish, pork, turkey or even a fresh green salad.

When it comes down to it; Rosés are tasty and great to experiment with. At 15% off, pick one from the Russian River Valley, one from Washington, and another from Provence and hold a Rosé tasting party with some friends. You’ll be amazed at the differences in styles and flavors, but they will all have one thing in common: they are delicious and easy to enjoy.

Cheers!

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