8 Most Common Rosé Myths Busted
The weather is warming, the bees are buzzing, and the rosé is a-flowing! If you’ve been on the fence about the pink drink then let us debunk some of the most popular myths about rosé, in hopes to sway you to join the cult – ahem, we mean crew.
1. All Rosé is French
Contrary to popular belief, Rosé is not an exclusivity to our fancy friends north of the equator. Our fav pink drink is made all around the world, including South Africa, Chile, USA, Italy, Spain and yours truely, Australia (yay).
However, when in doubt, pick the French one. Provence, France is known as the Rosé capital of todays wine-loving world. Pink vino takes up a mighty 90 percent of the region’s wine production so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about getting it right. After all, they’ve only been making it for a few thousand years (since 600 BCE to be exact).
2. Rosé is just another new millennial obsessionMillennials might love it but this baby is far from new. In fact, rosé is widely known as being the first wine created thousands of years ago by our ancestors (bless their innovative souls).
Back in the day, wine was made from the simple technique of squishing the juice from grapes by hand or foot, which allowed a light colour to carry through from the contact with the grape skin. It wasn’t until much later that red and white wines came into the mix to steal the show for some time. Good thing we have millennials to power the pink again!
3. Rosé is just a combo of red & white… right?Wrong.
Technically speaking, there’s nothing stopping you from mixing the two together and claiming it as homemade Rosé at your next soiree — it’s just a heavily frowned upon method amongst wine connoisseurs. Traditionally, rosé is produced from the same gapes used to make red wine.
So what makes it different from a red wine? So glad you asked. To make Rosé, the red/purple grapes are gently crushed and left to macerate (soak) for only a few hours to a few days – making it much shorter process than red wine. Naturally, the longer it’s left to soak before being strained, the darker the colour of the finished product.
4. All Rosé is sweetPossibly one of the biggest misconceptions about the pink drink. Most Rosés are blends of multiple grape varieties so the flavour spectrum of this summer sipper can get pretty wild. While flavours tend to steer around the fruity side of the street, some of the most beautiful rosés have dry, savoury, bright and snappy notes.
Plus, this versatile vino, ranging from super-dry to ultra-sweet, can come as bubbles or flat — and, the Watsons Bay special, frozen.
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5. Rosé is only for wine loversIt’s the day and age of innovation and thanks to the brilliant minds in the booze business, we can get our hands on rosé in all forms. From rosé-infused vodka to rosé cider, all the way to rosé-flavoured sparkling water & gummy bears (yes, you read that right), you can even use it to make cocktails — there’s truely nothing this gem can’t do.
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6. Rosé doesn’t pair well with food!Said no one ever… well, hopefully. That’s because rosé is arguably the most food-friendly wine category to pair with. The medium flavour profile pairs great with seafood (particularly oysters), chicken & pork, basically any BBQ’d meats, salads, sushi, Thai cuisine (particularly pad thai), Mediterranean dishes, pizza, Mexican, cheese, garlic & hummus… the list goes on.
It’s commonly a spring/summer fling but there’s nothing stopping this beauty from being enjoyed in the cooler months too.
7. Like all wine, it improves with ageWhile this might be true for reds, whites and some rosés, majority of rosé is adored for it’s youth and freshness, therefore it’s prime is within the first year of bottling. Don’t let that deter you though, you can still get a mouth-watering glass from the more mature 2+ year bottles.
8. But isn’t rosé is really expensive?One of the best things about rosé is the affordability — you can pick up a decent bottle for far less than you’d expect, which is likely a contributing factor for it’s popularity amongst the youth these days.
So there you have it — the most common rosé myths debunked. How do we feel? Gobsmacked? Intrigued? Ready to sip-sip-hooray some punchy rosé? We’ll be waiting for you, frosé at the ready.