Here at Weekly Tasting, we don’t think rosé wine gets the attention it rightfully deserves. If you’ve been avoiding pink wine simply because of its color or because you think it all resembles that sweet, highlighter-hued swill that tastes like melted watermelon Jolly Ranchers, we kindly suggest you cut that nonsense out.
June 9th is National Rosé Day and the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon. Rosé is currently trending and we fully support this movement. Here are some reasons why you should put aside any preconceived notions and enjoy a bottle of the pink stuff.
- It’s a serious wine made all over the world from the same grapes used to make red wine, but it can also be casual, fruity, and light. The grape variety used will determine its flavor profile – rosés made from Grenache will be very different than ones made from Cab Franc.
- It’s not all sweet. Sure, there are sweet versions that are pretty darn tasty, but more often than not, rosé is a dry wine. Bone dry. The color, which can range from barely pink to onion skin to magenta, is not an indicator of its sweetness or quality.
- You’re never going to drop a pretty penny on a bottle of rosé unless you’re buying rosé Champagne. Speaking of which, sparkling rosé has just as much complexity as regular bubbly, but with an extra punch of flavor a little more body.
- Rosé wine can complement different cuisines and makes for a great alternative to your usual white wine pairings. You can also cook with it!
- The skins of red grapes are known to contain antioxidants that have potential health benefits, and the color of rosé comes from red grape skins. The darker the rosé, the more potential benefits (in moderation, of course). More color = more flavor, so win-win!
- It’s meant to be consumed young and fresh. Not all wine needs to age, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
- It also makes pretty great cocktails and frozen drinks. Give the Frozé recipe below a try – it’s basically an adult Slurpee.
We could literally go on forever about how fantastic rosé is, but the singer, songwriter, model, Queen of Rap, actress, and poet Nicki Minaj perhaps put it most eloquently and concisely when she said “get that rosé, get that, get that rosé.”
- 1 bottle of rosé – we recommend a fruitier, New World style
- ½ cup sugar
- 8 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 cup ice or 1 cup of frozen strawberries
You’ll also need:
- A shallow dish or bowl that will fit in your freezer
- A medium-sized bowl
- A strainer or cheesecloth
- Pour rosé into a shallow dish and freeze 6 hours to overnight (it won’t freeze solid because of the alcohol)
- Put the quartered strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Let this mixture sit for an hour and then strain the syrup. To ensure a clear syrup, use cheesecloth.
- Put the frozen wine into a blender with 1 cup of ice, the juice of half a lemon, and ⅓ cup of the strawberry syrup. Blend and add additional lemon juice for freshness or syrup for sweetness.
- The whole mixture can be blended, frozen, and re-blended to save time – this will also give you a thicker slush. If you don’t mind seeds, you can also replace the ice with frozen strawberries.