So, how do you find the right Rosé?
Well, most of the Rosés from New World countries like Australia, Chile and the US will have a description on the label telling you how sweet or dry the wine is and what you can eat with it.
The European’s, although getting their act together with information and labeling, still leave a lot to be desired in that category so here’s some pointers:
If the color of the wine is dark, it’s a pretty good indication that the wine is going to be fuller bodied and dry so might be the better choice for “rosé is crap” man.
The really lightly colored rosés could indicate a slight sweetness. I say “could” because this is not always the case; if contact with the grape skins was so short as to leave little colour then the tannin will be lacking too and while the wine will not be sweet it will seem weak to some. Might be better for “just getting into wine” girl or those wanting something to quench their thirst on a hot day.
Anything from the Mediterranean should be dry and medium bodied - it’s all about the grape varieties that grow there which have a fair bit of tannin.
These are great to drink with or without food and are an awesome choice for the “anytime anywhere” drinker or if you’re just not sure.
Lastly, if in doubt there's a couple of things you can do:
Most Rosés are affordable, meaning cheap. So buy a few different bottles and experiment.
The exceptions are the higher end and more expensive Tavel and Anjou Rosés or even some Provence Rosés which you can always try once your training wheels come off.
If you're still not comfortable trying different types yourself, ask a professional to point you in the right direction.
They'll ask you a bunch of questions about your preferences and give you some suggestions.
So, don’t be afraid, try rosé, you’ll learn what you like and what you don’t.
They are hugely affordable, available everywhere and are a lot of fun to drink while sitting around on a sunny evening.
Summer = Rosé and summer IS coming, so get out there and enjoy it with a glass of pink!