Most wine experts consider rosé to be the oldest known wine. Back in the day there was no way to conserve grapes. so they had a very short production process. They were picked, pressed, stamped, lightly filtered and then stored within 1 to 3 days of harvest. Red grape skin contact is what gives wines their color and having had such a short period of contact meant ancient wine colors were lighter; more rosey than red.
Rosé wines come in all kinds of styles: still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and range from bone dry Provence roses to sweet Portuguese Mateus. Rosé draws its infamy from their strong association with the sweet pink stuff. Lucky for us one doesn’t have to choose. You can have it all, a rose that is dry yet fruity and also wonderfully refreshing. Spanish rosados are that kinds of rosé.
Spanish rosados are the perfect summer wine. They have a stunning range of color and flavor, they are exuberant and fun!. The most vibrant pinks tend to have big berry flavors (cherry, strawberry, raspberry) and the lighter ones tend to carry hints of melon and have floral notes like lavender. They can hold their own to the smokiness of barbeque or seafood classics like ceviche or mellow down with cheese and fruit.
Spain produces a large and varied selection of rosé wines. While D.O. Navarra is most famous, D.O.s Yecla, Utiel-Requena, Txakoli, Cigales and Tierra de Leon also carry a number of excellent rosés.
It´s the height of summer now is your chance to get out there and see what these wines are all about. Don´t be shy: play, experiment and get frisky! Let Spanish rosé wines show you the way.
Come join us next week as we sample four delicious rosados at our first food/wine pairing event at Roll! Space is limited, RSVP here.