Pink wine happily spans the colorspace between red and white wine, in a way, rosé is more like a state of mind.
Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time. Where some red wines ferment for weeks at a time on red grape skins, rosé wines are stained red for just a few hours. The winemaker has complete control over the color of the wine, and removes the red grape skins (the source of the red pigment) when the wine reaches the perfect color. As you can imagine, nearly any red wine grape (from Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah) can be used to make rosé wine, however there are several common styles and grapes that are preferred for rosé.
How is Rosé Wine Made The Maceration Method
The maceration method is when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The maceration method is the probably the most common type of rosé we see available and is used in regions like Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, France where rosé is as important as red or white wine.
TIP: Rosé wines touch red grape skins for around 2–20 hours. Saignée or “Bled” Method
The Saignée (“San-yay”) method is when during the first few hours of making a red wine, some of the juice is bled off and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. The purpose of bleeding off the juice not only produces a lovely rosé but it also concentrates the red wines’ intensity. Saignée wines are pretty rare, due to the production method and often will make up only about 10% or less, of a winery’s production. Blending Method
The blending method is when a little bit of red wine is added to a vat of white wine to make rosé. It doesn’t take much red wine to dye a white wine pink, so usually these wines will have up to 5% or so, of a red wine added. This method is very uncommon with still rosé wines but happens much more in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne. An example of a very fine wine made with this technique is Ruinart’s rosé Champagne, which is primarily Chardonnay with a smidgen of red Pinot Noir blended in.
re are 3 primary ways to make rosé wine
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Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine typically out of Austria. With flavors of green pepper and lime, Grüner Veltliner is a nice, optional white wine- an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. For those of you who have shared in the occasional glass of wine with me you know my go to white wine is Sauv Blanc, but you’ll also find Gruner Veltliner as a pick when it’s available, Pinot Blanc, Albarino (my Spanish wine pick from last night) are all white wine favorites of mine. Especially in the Spring when the sun starts to shine in the Northwest. And we all start to Bloom~
Gruner has the nick name= Gru Ve The name translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin”. Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy.
The wine in the glass offers great range of flavors that make Grüner Veltliner a great food pairing wine. Chefs love Grüner Veltliner for its hallmark high acidity.
Let’s toast to the Season to continuing to find and enjoy great wines. Prost! ~