Many people wrongly assume that rosé should only be enjoyed during the summer months. And many more people believe it’s the low man on the totem pole when it comes to delicious wine. Both assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth! For Central Florida residents, now — as the heat finally breaks and we usher in the holiday season — is the perfect time to uncork a bottle.
To make rosé, vintners use different varieties of red grapes that remain in contact with the skin long enough to acquire some color. Left in contact for longer, the product would eventually become red wine. Rosé comes from all over the world and ranges in color from a barely-there pink to a deep, translucent ruby. It can be still or sparkling. Of course, the flavor options are just as varied: juicy, tart, floral, crisp, stony, and even peppery.
Why You Should Drink Pink During the Fall
Here are four reasons to drink pink this fall:
- It’s always in season: Like white wine, rosé is served chill. Also like white wine, it can be sipped on any time — especially in Central Florida, where you can enjoy a glass on your front porch nearly all year long.
- Most options are dry, not sickly sweet: White zinfandel gives this wine a bad name, making people think it’s too sweet for their palates. Most options, though, are dry, refreshing, and delicious. Grab a bottle from a vineyard in Provence, France, and get ready to be impressed!
- There’s one for every occasion: As we touched on above, rosé is made from a multitude of grapes and comes in a variety of flavors. The classic examples from Provence, an area of southern France, are crisp with a taste of tart fruit. The Loire Valley, a part of central France, produces cabernet franc with surprising pops of green pepper and cocoa powder. In Spain and parts of California, they are often juicy with red fruit notes. Such diversity means that there’s a rosé for every person and event — from a wine novice at a casual happy hour to your most opinionated relative at a formal holiday meal.
- It pairs with everything — even holiday meals!: It can be tough to find the right wine to serve with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Why not give rosé a shot? Consider these pairings: For a cocktail party, try sparkling option or a light Provencal. For turkey with cranberry sauce, a wine of garnacha from Spain or from Tavel in the southern Rhone works well. Clos Cibonne, a geeky Provencal rosé made from the Tibouren grape, pairs especially well with beef.
Round-Up of Edible Orlando-Approved Rosé
If you’re ready to begin your rosé journey, we’re rounded-up some Edible Orlando-approved options, both still and sparkling. We hope you feel inspired to serve a bottle during the holidays!
- Chateau de Trinquevedel; Tavel (Rhone), France
- Domaine Tempier Rosé; Bandol (Provence), France
- Clos Cibonne, Cuvée Tradition Rosé of Tibouren; Provence, France
- Domaine de Pallus “Messanges” Rosé of Cabernet Franc; Chinon (Loire), France
- Bodegas Muga Rosado; Rioja, Spain
- Eyrie Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Nior; Willamette Valley, Oregon
- Bonny Doon, Vin Gris de Cigare; California
- Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé; Champagne, France
- Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé; France
- Ameztoi, Txakolina Rubentis Rosé; Spain
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Edible Orlando, written by Judith Smelser.