If you’re a wine lover, you may already be familiar with rosé. The pretty-in-pink wine is composed of light, summery flavors like red fruit, citrus and melon. It’s the ideal pairing for a day of fun in the sun. (Psst! Learn how to pair it with your dinner menu, here.) Though it has risen in popularity, there’s a lot hiding beneath the surface of this sunshine-perfect libation. Here are few things you didn’t know about rosé.
1. Rosé wines have been around for ages.
Though your friends might just now be snapping photos of this summery drink, rosé wine is thought to have its beginnings in Provence, France, around 600 B.C. The winemaking region is now the largest producer of rosé. Celebrate its rich history with a bottle of Provençal rosé and a few of our favorite French-inspired recipes.
2. There are many shades of rosé.
Much like red or white wine, a rosé’s color can vary widely. For instance, a rosé from Provence tends to be ultra pale and light pink, while a Tavel rosé will have a deep berry hue. Caught you thinking pink? Skip the bottle, and serve up a slice of our Pink Lemonade Stand Cake.
3. It’s not a mixed drink.
We’ve all seen the party trick: Mix white and red wine, you get rosé. However, the true process of making rosé isn’t as straightforward. Rosé begins much like any other wine, but traditionally a winemaker will expose red grape skins to grape juices for only a short time, anywhere from two to 48 hours.
4. The wine was once an underdog.
And its color had a lot to do with it. While a red wine’s rich hue is associated with power, confidence and protection, the rosé pink is associated with sweetness, playfulness and tenderness. Therefore, rosé wasn’t as popular. (Plus, it was frowned upon for being cheap!) Rosé’s recent rise in popularity began after the Provence Wine Council started doing yearly promotional tours in the U.S. in 2009. Shortly after, Americans traded their bold merlot for a pair of rosé-colored glasses.
5. The best bottles can come cheap.
For a limited time, grocery store Aldi carried an award-winning bottle of rosé for just $9. How? Because it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to make, some of the best rosés can be fairly inexpensive, so you can find quality bottles for $15 or less. Switching to rosé from a more expensive wine is just one way to save money at the store. Here are a few more.
Looking for a nonboozy beverage? There are plenty that rival rosé. Start with our best mocktail recipes here.