Rosé is not red wine, nor is it white, so what is a rosé wine?
This bubbly, pink, fruity wine is just as much of a wine as a classic merlot or white pinot grigio, only it is pink wine that is manufactured just like any other true label wine. In fact, the process is just as much the same when making rosé as it is with red or white.
While rosé is not the most well-known of the wines, it is slowly coming onto the scene as a force to be reckoned with for celebrations, dinners, happy hours, and more. Rosé all day is a real thing, and it is catching on with winemakers like Castello del Poggio, creating some of the best rosé wines in the market.
This article will debunk myths, answer what is rose, explain how to make rosé wine, and go over what to expect when you pop open a bottle of rosé for your next celebration.
What is rosé?
Many new or intermediate wine drinkers often ask what is rosé and how is rosé made?
Rosé wine is made from blue grapes similar to those grown, picked, and selected to create red wines we all know and love. Typically, the blue grape picked to manufacture a red wine is light and when squeezed, produces a colorless juice.
Red wine is achieved through the pigments in the grape skin, rather than the actual juice itself. Red and blue pigments and their specified ratios make all the difference between an incredibly dark cabernet and a lighter pinot noir.
Rosé, like red or white wine, is made by picking grapes and fermenting the skin together with the clear juice in a process known as “mash” fermentation. This process will produce the shades of red we know and the pink tint rosé typically has. In the production of a white wine, the skins are removed from the fermentation process in a technique known as “must” fermentation. Thus, producing a clear or yellow/wheat color.
How is rosé wine made?
Now that we know how wine gets its color, let’s focus on answering how is rosé wine made? Simply, rosé goes through the same process of mashing. This can take weeks at a time to release pigments from the initial picking, juicing, then mashing for a deep red. For rosé, the color can start to seep into the wine within a few hours.
The tinted rosé is pressed and transported over to a different, separate tank where the fermentation process continues, but this time without any additional or added skins. This keeps the rosé pink instead of white or red. Rosé can also be made into a blend of red and white by blending. Although the same color can be achieved, strict labeling processes will not allow for this type of blend to be classified as a rosé. Instead, these wines are known as “Rotling” wines.
Rose Champagne, however, does play a role as an exception to this specific labeling rule. Rose Champagnes are produced from white Chardonnay grapes, with a splash of red wine added for the perfect color composition, thus producing a new, innovative rosé wine.
Why choose Castello Del Poggio rosé?
Castello Del Poggio is a leading manufacturer of rosé wine that is not only critically acclaimed but true to its roots. Made in Italy, our wine is classic yet fun. Bring a friend or two, grab a bottle of rosé and enjoy an afternoon in the sun, a toast to a celebration, or enjoy with a meal in at home.
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