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Kim Kardashian said she drinks Rosé wine to avoid high sugar content in wine. Rosé however, has been underappreciated. While most can rattle off facts about white and red wines; what do you know about Rose?
Here is a list of things you need to know about Rosé wine ranging from its production, to what it tastes like and even the health benefits.
The Facts About Rosé Wine:
Rose is the oldest wine type
The first wines ever made were dry rosés and this was around 7000 BC. The technique used at that time was – crushing the juice out either with the use of the hands or foot. Doing this resulted into entry of the red from the skins into the juice.
Years later, modern techniques required that the juice were mashed with the skin, resulting into the deep red coloured wine we are familiar with today.
Mass production originated in France
Rose wines were first originally produced by France. They are also the largest producer of rosé, providing about 28 percent of the world’s total production. The majority of the rosé that comes out of the country is produced by the Provencal region, while small quantities are produced in Loire Valley and the Rhone region. Italy and the United States are the second and third largest producers of rosé.
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Rosé contains many beneficial compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are three ways to make a rosé wine
Skin contact: Juice and skins are left in contact for a short period of time, such as a day or two, before the skins are removed and the juice is left to ferment as usual.
Saignée: Saignée is the French word for bleed. This involves bleeding off some of the juice intended to be made into a red wine in a barrel, before the maceration process has made the juice very dark.
Decolourisation: In this method, a piece of charcoal is put into the red wine. This charcoal absorbs the red colour as well as some of the flavour with it. This is a very fast method of producing rose wine but it rarely produces high quality rose.
Rosé comes in different flavours.
Rosé comes in different shades and flavours. There is a general rule that the lighter the colour, the drier the wine. Lovers of rosé wines should test vintages from different varieties like Pinot Noir, Malbec or Merlot grapes. Darker wines tend to be bursting with high tannin levels and fruit flavours due to the longer period of time the skin was soaked in the juice. Colors found in rosés may include the following: Cantaloupe, Red currant, Peach, Mango.
Rosé is not just a drink for the summer.
It’s a wonderful aperitif or dinner wine that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Rose wine pairs beautifully with different foods ranging from spicy foods, chicken & pork, cheese, tapas, salads, pizza, and many more. Sounds perfect right?
Rosé wine can be used to make cocktails.
Rosé wine is perfect for making cocktails. It blends so well with all sorts of fruits and liquors. Examples of rosé cocktails include black rose (blackberry, lime and rosé punch) and strawberry rose spritzer. Great Rosé is also available on a budget, allowing for great cocktails at an amazing price.
Pairs goes with any kind of food
Rosé wine can be paired with any kind of food. These wines are quite versatile as they not as extreme as most white and red wines in flavor profile (although they can be). They go well with fish, vegetables, chicken, pork, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, and so on.
Modern Rosé is a Portuguese invention
The kind of sweet and sparkling rosé wines we know today was invented by the Portuguese. It was released by two Portuguese wine makers in Europe and America, and has since then dominated the wine market worldwide.
Rosé can reduce the amount of cholesterol in the body
Rosé contains many beneficial compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. An example of this is polyphenol which helps to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. It also contains potassium in large quantities which also helps to lower blood pressure while anti-inflammatory properties in Rosé wine can help reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosé wine should be drunk young.
When red wine is kept for a few years after production, the quality of its taste improves. This is not so for rosé, as it does not really mature, and can be best drunk within two or three years of its purchase. This is why rosé is referred to as a spontaneous wine.
Next time you have a wine craving, try a Rosé! Whether a night out with the girls, or a night in with a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough; this wine pairs well with every occasion in your life.