Summer’s favorite wine! By the pool, at a BBQ, or soaking up some AC while you Netflix and chill, no style of wine is as easy and universally enjoyable to crush. That’s not to say pink wine shouldn’t be taken seriously…I’d actually argue the opposite.
Before debating myself, let me just give you a quick rundown on how summer’s favorite nectar is made; it basically boils down to two ways for still wines - Skin Contact or Saignée. Skin Contact is when a winemaker will leave the juice in contact with the grape skins for a few hours or a couple of days to reach a kiss of color. Saignée is reached when red wine is being made; some of that juice is bled off the tank before it stays in contact with the skins to become truly red. The above is an important distinction because skin contact is using the grapes exclusively for rosé, whereas Saignée is a byproduct of making red wine. This is important for my previously mentioned internal debate: Rosé can and should be taken very seriously! Some of the greatest producers of red wine bleed some pink off their tanks and sell it for tiny fractions of the price of their red wines. If you’re on a budget, rosés can be the best way to drink the famous producer’s wine you’ve always dreamed of.
Most folks just want cheap and cheerful, and nothing delivers that more consistently than rosé. Whether you prefer a slightly sweet traditional White Zinfandel or the famous bone-dry wines of Provençal in the south of France, pink wines are the perfect choice to add a little fun to any occasion.
We drink rosé year-round in our home, but if that’s a stretch for you the rose scented candles are a great way to bring you back to summer beach days while you’re snuggling winter away by the fire.