A brief history of rose wine

Rose wine was founded in France and the blush colour that signifies its name comes from the skins of the grapes from which it is made. It is thought to be the oldest kind of wine because it's made with the skin contact method. The colour of rose wine can vary greatly, from a pale pink colour to a more vivid, dark purple and can be enjoyed either still, semi-sparkling or sparkling. The grapes used to make rose wine can be found all around the world. Rose wine has absolutely surged in popularity over the last few years

A range of rose wines

This particular wine is best enjoyed chilled on a summer's evening and is the perfect accompaniment to a light, refreshing dinner. With a range of flavours to enjoy, from fresh, crisp grapes to juicy watermelon, there's a taste to satisfy every tastebud. But tasting the wine isn't the only way to enjoy this crisp drink. Enjoying and sampling a good wine goes way further.

Sampling rose wine correctly

First, take a good look at the wine. Look at the bottle and look at the colour of the wine as it's poured into the glass. How intense is the pink colour, it's opacity and viscosity (wine legs). Then, you should take your glass and smell the wine. Note if you're smelling fruits aromas, a more earthy scent, and the intensity. There's a wide spectrum of fruits that can be included in a rose wine, such as citrus fruits, blue fruits or red fruits. Is it a strong scent or a more light, lingering smell? Are there other scents that you're picking up? You should then taste the rose wine. Tongues can detect what tastes and textures can be found in rose wine. You'll be able to taste whether the wine lingers on the tongue, as well as gain an understanding of whether the drink is sweet, salty, sour or bitter. You'll also be able to note how long it takes for the wine to fully leave your taste buds. The last step is your thoughts on the rose wine. Ask yourself if the wine was too acidic or alcoholic for your liking. Did you enjoy the taste of the wine the feeling drinking it gave you? Did it impress you and would you drink it again? If these answers are yes, then you've found a wine that you can enjoy time and time again.

Rose wine recommendations for beginners and connoisseurs

If you're new to the world of rose wine, there are a few types you should try. Le Grand Ballon Rose is fresh on the palate and can be tasted and enjoyed throughout the year. White Grenache Rose by Gallo Family Vineyards is also great rose wine for beginners. Affordable, this is a light-bodied wine with hints of juicy watermelon, fresh strawberries, and some herbaceous spice. However, if you're a big fan of rose wine, why not try a different bottle such as Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence. This wine is crammed with different tastes and aromas and made with a variety of grapes. It really is one of the best rose wines from the South of France. Another recommendation is the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Rose. Made in New Zealand, this wine requires an experienced palate due to its earthy berry flavours and tropical infusion. Acidic and spicy, it really is a delicious wine. There really is a rose wine for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a beginner and trying to find a light, fresh wine to enjoy casually or you're a more experienced rose wine connoisseur with a well-trained palate, you don't have to look too far for a well suited bottle of rose wine.