Everything's Coming Up Rosés!
The last few years have seen a surge in the popularity of rosé wines. In 2015, they accounted for a mere 0.2% of the wines sold in America. After just two years, sales of rosé wines had increased by over 1,400%. Now, one out of every 36 bottles of wine sold is a rosé! This year, due to their sharply rising popularity, stores will begin stocking them in February, with the expectation that they'll fly off the shelves in spring and summer. WineShop At Home will be playing an important part in this "War of the Rosés" by offering up some amazing new wines. Get them while you can - they're sure to sell out quickly!
Our new Elance Cellars 2018 Rosé is the first pink wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir created under this brand. Why not celebrate this new release with a wine from our backyard, the Napa Valley? The red grapes were processed using a technique called saignée, which is the concentration of the skins to grape juice ratio in the tank with a measured removal of a portion of its juice. This rosé has a beautiful pink-salmon color. The nose reveals notes of pear, raspberry, pomegranate, and watermelon. The cooler climate of Carneros in south Napa provides nice acidity for a well-balanced wine. There are no sharp edges in this lovely, fruity rosé, which will pair well with grilled fish, curry-based dishes, spicy Thai recipes, or savory pastries. Try this award-winning rosé for only $25.00!
Our new sweet Table Rosé is a blush wine mainly made with white varietals as its base. The golden rose color suggests the three white varietals that were the origin of the final blend. The light peach hue is obtained by blending a few gallons of red wine with white wine. This wine starts with citrus characters such as lemon and lime, along with sweet fragrances of honey, pear, and ripe apple. This wine is round and lush in the attack and there is a short to medium intensity in the mouthfeel. Straightforward, sweet citrus characters is what it’s all about for this blush rosé. The round finish will pair well with many dishes such as fish, pasta, turkey, or chicken. Although it's only $16.00 a bottle, this wine must be purchased in flights of three, a half-case, or a full case. It can also be purchased in combination with our other table wines.
Our le Cadeau (Cream Label) California Rosé Sparkling Wine has a pretty pink-purple color. The nose displays white flower fragrances like acacia and orange blossom. Later some raspberry, watermelon, and hay complete this expressive and aromatic nose. The attack in the mouth is dry, round, and pleasant. There are citrus aromas, which provide – from the mid-palate to the finish – a great amount of acidity for structure and ageing potential. This is a medium-bodied wine with long-lasting bubbles, which are a sign of quality in sparkling wines. Enjoy right away, during the holidays, for special or even casual events for just $30.50 a bottle.
A Rosé By Any Other Name
Rosé wines can range in color from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and winemaking techniques. They incorporate some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify them as red wines.
There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée, and blending. In the skin contact method, the skins from crushed black-colored grapes are only allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period of time, usually from 2-20 hours. In the saignée method (French for "bleeding"), some of the pink juice is removed from red wine must at an early stage and is fermented separately to become a rosé wine (this makes the red wine more intense too). In the last method, red wine is simply blended into white wine. This method is highly discouraged; in fact, it is against the law in France (except in the Champagne region, where it is still frowned upon nonetheless).
Rosé wines are called rosado in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries and rosato in Italy. They can be made still, semi-sparkling, or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe.
Think you know a lot about rosé wines now? Test your knowledge with this quiz from Wine Spectator magazine!
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