Posted by: Hailey | July 14, 2009

Rosé Wines

Rosé Wines, is the pink color the only characteristic that keeps it underrated?

In the past the color pink was only a color for girls; is that the unique reason for rose wines to be so underrated? Now that the color pink is a fashion tool even for men, does that affect the wine industry?

These wines are usually not considered by consumers and are victims of unjust prejudices resulting in the loss of their dignity and identity as a wine. The reason for this is because most consumers do not realize the potential of a rosé wine, while some wine professionals forget about them or have no interest in advertising and selling them.

Rosé wine is made in a range of colors, from a pale orange to a vivid near-purple: depending on the grapes, additives and wine making techniques:

–  In the past, blending was fairly common to make Rosé wines by simply taking a white wine and adding a bit of red wine to it to create a terrible pink colored wine. This is the practice that gave rosés a bad reputation and has since been less used.

 –  Skin contact technique is used when rosé wine is the primary product. Red-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically two or three days. The grapes are then pressed, and the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation

 –  Bleeding technique is used when the winemaker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, and removes some pink juice from the must at an early stage. The removed juice is then fermented separately, producing the rosé as a by-product of the red wine

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  1. The Sugarloaf Mtn Bordeaux Blend was really nice.
    Also, hit Blank Ankle winery in Mt. Airy.
    Beautiful and fantastic wines. Don’t remember them
    having a Rose however.


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