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Different Styles of Rose Wines to Enjoy this Summer

Accent on various Rosés from France, Spain, the United States and Italy

a man serving a glass of light rosé wine

Imagine yourself in a charming outdoor café on a warm summer evening, with a glass of refreshing rosé wine in hand. The delicate pink hue complements the fading sunlight, alluring you to take a sip and enjoy its vibrant flavours.

enjoying rosé wine at the restaurant

Rosé, with its versatility and ability to elevate any occasion, has become a beloved choice for wine enthusiasts worldwide. In this post, we will explore different styles of rosé wines and delve into the art of pairing them with cuisines from different corners of the globe.

Provence Rosé: A Timeless Classic

Two glasses of rosé wine, with fresh food on a sunny day. Grapefruits, apples, and croissant.

Hailing from the sun-kissed vineyards of Southern France, Provence rosé is known for its pale pink colour and delicate aromas of fresh fruits and flowers. The area that is known today as “Provence” was known by the Romans as “Provincia Nostra,” which means our province. Provence’s roses crisp acidity and subtle mineral notes make them perfect companion for light, delicate dishes.

Provence AOC rosé wines can be distinguished by their palette of light colours with shades of pink or orange. The fruit flavours include peach, melon, lychee, mango, pomelo, raspberry, apricot, mandarin and redcurrant. Try pairing a chilled glass of Provence rosé with a classic Niçoise salad or a plate of Mediterranean grilled vegetables. The wine's elegance and refreshing character beautifully complement the flavors of these dishes, creating a harmonious and memorable dining experience.

Provence roses hail from three major appellations: Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, Côtes de Provence and Bandol. These pale pink wines are made are from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and sometimes Mourvèdre. They are reminiscent of red-currant fruits with a hint of pepper and garrigue and often bring to mind summer vacations.

woman holding a glass of rose wine in front of lavender field in Provence, France.

Spanish Rosado: Vibrant and Expressive

Continuing on to the Iberian Peninsula, we encounter Spanish rosado wines, known for their vibrant hues and expressive personalities. These wines often feature bolder fruit flavours, with notes of ripe strawberries and red cherries. Spanish rosado's versatility allows it to pair well with an array of cuisines.

glass of rosé wine, bowl of potatoes on a summer day

For a tasty combination, sip a glass of Spanish rosado with traditional tapas such as patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), or grilled chorizo. The wine's fruity intensity and balanced acidity complement the bold flavours of these Spanish delicacies, creating a lively and festive experience.

In Spain, great appellations yielding rose wines are Navarra Campo de Borja, cataluna, Somontano and Rioja. Most Spanish rosados are made from blends with Garnacha and other grapes such as tempranillo. Garnacha Rosado is made from carbonic maceration in order to showcase those bright fruit flavours. Regions that made the most Garnacha Rosado in 2018 included Campo de Borja (12,283 hl), Somontano (6,631 hl) and Cariñena (6,140 hl).

Garnacha Rosado, spanish rosé wine
Garnacha Rosado. Photo: Jez Timms

American Rosé: Bold and Fruit-Forward

In the New World, we find ourselves exploring the heterogeneous universe of American rosé wines. From the sun-soaked vineyards of California to the rolling hills of Oregon, American rosé offers a wide array of styles and flavours. These wines often exhibit a bolder, fruit-forward profile, with ripe berry flavours and a touch of sweetness.

When it comes to pairing American rosé, consider dishes with a touch of spice. Barbecue chicken, grilled salmon, or even spicy Thai dishes can be elevated by the fruity sweetness of American rose. The combination of bold flavours and a hint of sweetness creates a tantalizing dance on the palate.

Bottle of Bonny Doon Rosé gris from California
Photo © Bonny Doon Vineyard

American rose is made with a gamut of grapes that go from Pinot Noir to Sangiovese and Grenache. Newcomers to American Rose must try the Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare. The iconic Californian rose is the brainchild of Randal Graham. This renegade winemaker was known for championing Rhône varietals in California.

Italian Rosato: A Taste of La Dolce Vita

Italy, a country synonymous with gastronomy, presents us with the delightful world of Italian Rosato. These wines showcase a wide range of styles, from the delicate and dry to the slightly effervescent and semi-sweet.

glass of rosé being served with a food platter of antipasti, cured ham and cheese

Italian Rosato often exhibits flavours of wild berries, citrus, and herbs, reflecting the diverse terroirs across the country. When indulging in Italian cuisine, consider pairing a glass of Rosato with classic antipasti such as bruschetta, prosciutto, or fresh mozzarella. The wine's crisp acidity and vibrant flavours harmonize with the salty and savoury elements of these dishes, transporting you to the heart of Italy with every bite.

In the Alto Adige/Südtirol, a rose Lagrein wine is a Kretzer, while on the southern shores of Lake Garda, a rosé is a Chiaretto; in Abruzzo, it is known as Cerasuolo. Abruzzo's Cerasuolo, more akin to a a light red wine, is the most famous wine in Abruzzo. It is made from the Montepulciano grape where the grapes are left in contact with its must for a period of 36-48 hours.

Cerasuolo pairs with most pasta dishes, poultry and especially seafood on the grill. In addition, less well-known, are the roses from Puglia. The region boasts a rose production dating more than 75 years.

bottle of rosé wine in picnic basket and fresh flowers alfresco

Celebrating the Diversity of Rose Wines

The world of rosé wine offers a plethora of styles, each with its own unique characteristics. From the elegant and pale rosés of Provence to the bold and fruit-forward American offerings, there is a rosé for every palate and every occasion. When it comes to pairing rosé with cuisine, the possibilities are endless.

two glasses of rosé wines on a dining table

Whether you're enjoying Mediterranean flavours, Spanish tapas, American barbecue, or Italian delicacies, rosé has the ability to enhance and elevate your dining experience. So, the next time you raise a glass of this beautiful pink elixir, take a moment to appreciate the harmony between the wine and the food and savour the delightful union of flavours that only rosé can offer.

Cheers to the joy of rosé and its ability to transport us to sunny terraces and blissful summer evenings!


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