The combination of fruity flavors and light, colorful hues makes rose wines one of the more popular choices around the world. Served lightly chilled, these beverages are best during the summer months thanks to their superbly refreshing qualities. Pronounced rose-ay (as it comes from the French word for ‘pink’), this wine comes in a wide number of varieties. It can be made using many different grapes, giving us plenty of choice when it comes to the flavor and color we prefer. Of course, knowing which vintages and labels are the best will certainly come in handy.
Rose Wine Varieties
First, you should understand the different types of rose wines that are available out there. This will help you make a better selection when shopping. The popular blog, Wine Folly, has an excellent piece, the Many Different Shades of Rose Wine, which goes over this alcoholic beverage in detail. To give you a basic idea though, here are some of the choices you have when shopping for this elixir of the vine in the future:
Dry Rose Wine. The most popular style, this wine is made by combining several grape varieties together to create a unique flavor/aroma combination. Remember that all sugar has been fermented out of the wine too, removing any essence of sweetness that the wine had to begin with.
Sweet Rose Wine. Typically reserved for bulk wine production, these wines are created by leaving some sugar behind after the formation process is completed. Even though it’s not too popular, there are still plenty of quality labels out there which produce sweet rose wine.
The heartland of rose wine production has to be the South of France especially around Bordeaux and Provence. These areas tend to make dry rose wine, much of which can be found in stores such as Sipp London and other reputable dealers. If you’re seeking the original taste and aroma of rose, keep an eye out for labels grown and produced in these particular French locales.
Now that you know of the different types of rose out there, it is time to look at the labels themselves. Some offer a higher quality than others, so true wine lovers should take note of which options offer better value for money. Fortunately, there are plenty of online reviews that help you sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to purchasing wine. For example, the British newspaper, The Independent, published a list of The 10 Best Rose Wines available in UK stores. We will list these here so you at least have a head-start when it comes to enjoying this refreshing, fruity beverage in the comfort of your own home.
- 1. Nannette’s English 2009
- 2. Tavel Prieuré De Montézargues 2010
- 3. Croft NV Pink
- 4. Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2010
- 5. Domaine Du Jas D’Esclans 2010
- 6. AOC Côteaux Varois Bastide de Trians 2010
- 7. Massaya Rosé Bekaa Valley 2010
- 8. Chateau de Caraguilhes 2010
- 9. Bonterra Organic 2009-10
- 10. Gran Feudo Edicion Rosado 2009
As you can see, there’s plenty of variety available. With labels coming from the UK, France and Spain, you can whet your appetite with a range of fruity palates by simply purchasing any of the wines listed above.
You should now have a good idea about the different varieties of rose wines now being sold in stores. The next time that you’re out and about shopping, keep this information in mind. You’ll then have a better chance of purchasing a label and type that suits your sense of taste. The world of rose wine need not be too complicated after all!
This article was written by Molly Tilly, a writer for Sipp London, a local company committed to providing quality wines and cigars. You can browse through their product range by visiting www.sipplondon.com.