So what is a rosé anyway? Well, it’s generally thought of as a rather pink wine which can get its color through the use of a variety of different techniques.
The most common technique is minimal skin contact. Rosés are made from red grapes, at least some, and the pigment in red grapes is in the skin of the grapes. By limiting the time the skin is in contact with the juice, you limit the saturation of the resulting wine.
Another less common technique is called saignee, in which some juice from a vat of wine on its skins is drawn off to allow for the remaining wine to be more concentrated and rich. This saignee technique is really the same as the limited skin contact, though the results are achieved through a different method, removing the wine from the skins as opposed to the skins from the wine!
Finally, there are rosés that are made by combining red wines with white. This is probably more widely practiced, particularly at the low end of the price spectrum, than we care to believe, and is probably much maligned for no reason other than marketing.
In any event, choose a rosé this holiday season and you’ll be treated to creamy richness, red fruits and pure, scintillating celebration in a glass!
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