Rose

Everyday Food, July/August 2004

For a refreshing alternative to white wine, try rose (also called blush wine). Its pink hue and light, fruity flavor are perfect for summertime sipping.

Where Does It Come From?
Rose has long been produced in France, especially in the warmer southern regions, such as Provence and Rhone. Today, roses come from many other countries, including Spain, Australia, South Africa, and the United States.

How Is It Made?
Most roses are made from some of the same red-skinned grapes used to make red wine. After being crushed, the grapes are left to soak until the juice has extracted the desired amount of color from the skins, which are then removed. The juice is then fermented in much the same way as white wine.

How Does It Taste?
Rose is usually slightly sweet, with a light flavor that pairs well with summer meals. Rose tastes best when served well chilled.

How Much Does It Cost?
Roses are among the most affordable wines; many are less than $12 a bottle.

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