It’s Rosé Season, Are You Ready?
Summer is HERE and that means so is rosé season. Rosé Season occurs shortly after spring, extends throughout the summer and can even go into early fall depending on your location. It is the time when temperatures have reached perfection and the days last just long enough. Though most people don’t realize it, there is a bottle of rosé made for almost every occasion during the season. I’m hoping to teach you all you need know about rosé and then some because honestly, rosé season is just too good to miss.
Let’s start with some of the basics. Rosé is made from almost every varietal of red grape in almost every region wine is made in. It ranges in acidity and sweetness which means that there is a bottle out there for everyone, whether you love wine or just kind of drink it. Like any other wine, the process of rosé begins with picking the grapes. For rosé the red grapes are plucked a little on the earlier side to ensure the balance of high acid and the natural sweetness from the fruit. Next the grapes are crushed and destemmed before heading to large vats for fermentation. Destemming the grapes keeps the taste clean from tannins (earthy flavors) and refreshingly fruity. The next step is the true money maker for rosé, for it is in this important step where all the magic happens. Generally, during the fermentation of red wine, the juice achieved from crushing is churned over the skins as well as manually pushed and mixed to get the dark red color. However, for rosé, wineries allow minimum skin contact with the juice in order to get that pleasing pink color we all love. Some of the darker colored rosés undergo a more modern approach where wineries “bleed off” juice from the red wine before the color has completely been absorbed, thus generating red wine and, you got it, rosé in the same batch.
So, now you know a little about the process. The knowledge is cool, but tasting is the fun part. As I mentioned earlier the selection of rosés is very diverse and appropriate for tons of outdoor activities. Bright fruity bottles with notes of raspberry, strawberry and blackberries are perfect for picnics in the grass. Provincial rosés were made for outdoor dinners on long summer nights. This soft pink rosé is lightly accented with Herbs de Provence and is fittingly appropriate for late lunches that linger into charcuterie snack boards and carry over to dinners at dusk. Semi-dry versions with hints of sea salt and effervescence are best for boat rides and days spent on the beach watching the sun weave in and out of the clouds before catching a nap. These rosés tend to be the lightest in color and possess strong notes of citrus and minerals.
The wide selections of rosés make rosé season almost endless. I’d recommend trying several versions, making one your go to for memories all summer and rosé season long.
Dom Diogo Poderio Rosé Vihno Verde
This bottle is special because it’s a vinho verde based rosé. It’s a pretty blush color and tastes of strawberries and raspberries. Because it is vinho verde based it has a slightly dry finish but is still very refreshing and perfectly balanced
Think: Picnic on the coast with fresh berries and seafood.
J.L. Quinson Cotes de Provence Rosé
A light pink color and semi-dry rosé that has hints of melon and rose petals. This beautiful bottle has the slightest fruit taste and is much more acidic.
Think: Al fresco dinners and light desserts
Mas de la Dame Rosé
Made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, this rosé has a dark pink color and lemony tartness that makes it perfect for heavy summer dinners.
Think: evening bbq’s with grilled flank steak and bbq chicken.
La Ferme Julien Vin Rosé
Refreshingly light, this pale pink rosé is easy drinking as many Rhone Valley wines are. It is exclusively found at Trader Joe’s at an out of this world price.
Think: Afternoon sipping in the park.
Mulderbosch Cabernet Rosé
A bit on the heavy side, this rosé comes from South Africa and is full of spice and intriguing flavors. With a fruit forward initial taste, this bottle rounds out with peppery notes and is perfect for cooler evenings.
Think: Bonfires and s’mores with dark chocolate. Bonus points for the bottle that looks awesome full or empty.
Written by Jessica Fields
Born in Baltimore but cultivated in Brooklyn, Jessica is a creative writer with a love of fashion, sarcastic humor and music. Her hustle and passion brings all those things together through content creation and editorial design.