A bottle of chilled rose wine has alfresco and sunny days written all over it. Swirl your glass and you will be greeted by delightful aromas of strawberry, cream and summer fruits – isn’t that what summer is all about? We have picked out five top roses’ for summer drinking, and if you are curious, read on to find out how rose wine is made.
Did you know that rose’ is also remarkably versatile with food?
Most rose wines are lovely to drink on their own however it also pairs well with salad, seafood, chicken, and even stretches to a touch of spice – Thai cuisine for example.
Our top five rose wines for summer at Wine Palate
Routas Rouviere rose comes from a British owned vineyard in Provence, situated halfway between the Mediterranean and the Alps. A beautiful blend of Cinsault, Grenach and Syrah, it’s a Decanter award winner of exceptional quality. Enjoy delicious watermelon, ripe peach and tropical fruit flavours – a perfect wine for the garden. At £8.75 it is a “must try”.
Domain Gayda rose from an organic vineyard nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees (Languedoc region) this rose’ is made from the Cinsault grape. Highly praised by wine writer Jancis Robinson, it is fresh and racy, with beautiful aromas of strawberries and cream and flavours of summer fruits. Enjoy this delicious wine for just £8.95.
Ca Dei Frati Rosa dei Frati is a bit of a personal favourite of ours at Wine Palate, and a customer favourite at our Jamie Oliver wine tasting event. A very nice bottle, and a beautiful delicate onion skin colour tell you this is classy before you’ve even got the corkscrew out. Once opened, it has gorgeous aromas of summer pudding and strawberries, and a vibrant refreshing taste. It comes from the best producer in the Lugana region in Northern Italy. A bit more pricey at £14.95, but very good value for the quality.
Goyenechea Merlot Rose is sensual and aromatic, and a very drinkable wine. Lively with a slight sweetness, and gorgeous crushed strawberry flavours, it comes from the Goyenechea family winery in Argentina, which dates back to 1868. At just £7.75 this is remarkable value, so definately one worth adding to your wine rack.
Low calorie rose wine
If 30% less calories per glass sounds good, you should try Invivo Bella Rose from the multi award winning Invivo winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. A rose’ made for alfresco lunches and sunny days – refreshing and full of strawberry and citrus fruit flavours. Better still, a waistline friendly wine with 30% less calories and a lower ABV. The grapes are harvested early, so less residual sugar. Genius for just £12.25.
How rose wine is made
Most rose wine is made using red grapes. After picking and crushing, there is a process called maceration where the grape juice and skins are left together before pressing. It’s the grape skin that gives the wine it’s colour, so the difference between red and rose is the time the crushed juice of grapes is left in contact with the skins. Another way is where the vineyards put the wine from white grapes like Pinot Grigio in contact with the skins of red grapes from their harvest, giving a light flavour boost and a delicate blush colour.
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