Usually during the summer, we consume more fluids like Water, Juice, or Soda, the obvious reason being the heat, but for red wine lovers, its not easy sticking to their choice of wine because as temperatures rise, our drinking preferences tend to turn to wines that are more crisp and refreshing.
Still fighting a reputation of being a sweet wine that is not taken seriously, the arrival of more dry rosés on the market is demonstrating that these wines have credentials to match even the most discriminating of tastes. Just like reds and whites, rosés come in a variety of styles, ranging from sweet to bone dry, and from light-bodied and “quaff-able” to full-bodied and “substantial.”
There are so many things we love about it, starting with the gorgeous pale pink color and the way a bottle of rosé inspires the best, laid-back, happy summer vibes (or #rosévibes as we say). A bottle of Rosato, like the Italian calls it, can instantly transport you to another place, and we really think it can elevate any experience, whether that’s dining out, at a wedding, a picnic, or a house party.
There’s just nothing depressing about going into a wine store and picking up a bottle of rosé. The perfect rosé is young, crisp, dry, and pairs well with all foods at all times. We’ve also found that rosé vibes transcend far beyond just wine and exist in everything from beauty products (Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment) and fashion (just look at all the rosé-colored dresses at the Met Ball) to rap music (Rick Ross aka Ricky Rozay). That’s why our tag line is “Everything’s coming up rosé,” because we’ve found it has truly infiltrated the cultural zeitgeist over the past few years.
So here are some tips on how best to enjoy your Rose Wine this Summer….
Rose wine and food pairings: tips
- Do not pair rose wine with foods that will drown out its delicate flavor. Click To Tweet So stay clear of: tomato sauces, red meat dishes, butter, heavy creams, eggs, and overpowering aromatic spices.
- light pasta dishes – like linguine with olive oil, garlic, and mussels – make a wonderful choice for roses.
- even stuffed pastas – like a vegetable-stuffed cannelloni, or a ricotta stuffed ravioli, will work. The trick is that if cheese is used, is should be extremely light, mild and neutral in flavor, almost whipped in texture, or otherwise an easily paired, not-pungent cheese.
- roses can work well with many seafood dishes that focus on the minimal preparation to let the seafood flavors shine – lobster tail, lightly grilled crab cakes, and shrimp cocktails are all excellent proteins that complement a well structured rose.
- summer salads of course are also an excellent option – just steer clear of bitter greens like kale and dandelion greens that will quickly smoother your rose glass with all the wrong flavors, instead think of water-filled vegetables and fruit like iceberg lettuce, chard, bok choy, clementines, pomegranate kernels, watermelon slices, apple slices, and strawberries.
- A light goats cheese, even perhaps a mild blue cheese, can be the perfect addition to these types of summer salads with your rose wine
So if you haven’t incorporated Rosé into your summer wine rotation yet, give a few different versions a try to see which styles and grapes you prefer. You might find that your summers will never be the same again.
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