For many, the center of gravity in the world of wine is either white or red. But there’s an oft-forgotten treasure to be discovered in between: Pink!
What is pink wine? The mechanics of how wine gets its colour are often misunderstood. Simple logic would suggest that red wine is made from red grapes, and white wine from white grapes, but this isn’t always the case. After crushing red grapes, the white juice is put back in contact with its skins. The length of time together and skin thickness determine a red wine’s depth of colour. Typically, rosés are made with red grape varities (such as Cabernet, Malbec or Pinot Noir) and the longer the juice spends in contact with the skins, the deeper the colour (from blush to deep pink)
PICK YOUR PINK
There’s a tendency to assume that all things pink will taste as sweet and fruity as a white Zinfandel, which isn’t necessarily true. Rosés can range from very sweet (white Zinfandel) or very dry (Cabernet or Pinot Noir) to sparkling (Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé) or still (Remy Pannier Rosé d’Anjou), depending on the region, the grape and how the winemaker chooses to make its wine. Many wineries from all over the world experiment with rosés, so start sipping and find your favourite!
PAIRING WITH PINK
With spring fare on our tables and summer just around the corner, keep a bottle of rosé ready to serve with your next outdoor meal. It pairs perfectly with summer salads, food from the grill, cheeses, brunch and more. Rosé is also an ideal base to make sangria – simply add fresh fruit and some fruit juice, set overnight and serve.
Planning a shower or an outdoor party? Pink wine is a party-friendly choice and the perfect way to introduce some fun and colour to your drink menu. Everyone will remember the toast with a glass of sparkling rosé in hand – it feels just a little bit more special.