Rosé isn't from a specific grape of region. It's a genre of wine - like red, white, or sparkling - and you can make Rosé anywhere in the world, from almost any red grape. France is perhaps the most popular producer with it's classic dry style of Rosé, but there are some delicious expressions coming out of Spain, Italy, and the United States (predominantly California) for you to try on for size.
France is the motherland when it comes to Rosé; they were the first to perfect the classic, anti-sweet style of the pink drink. Rosés from France are sexy blush color and tend to have aromas of strawberry and peach. They are dry, have a good amount of acidity, and their clean character pairs great with all types of seafood.
Typical Grapes include: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre
Every region within Italy produces a Rosé (or Rosato) and they vary greatly in style. Overall, Italian Rosés are fresh, high in acidity, and come in more pigmented shades of pink.
Typical Grapes include: Sangiovese
Spain makes a lot of really interesting Rosados. They tend to be darker in color and are often heartier in style. However, there is a lot of diversity in Spanish Rosés from the light fresh ones made in the style of cava to the oaked aged ones in the North.
Typical Grapes include: Garnacha, Tempranillo
Pleasedeargodno let's stop equating California Rosé to White Zinfandel. When done right, Rosé from California is the opposite of your mama's blush wine from the 80s. Normally bone dry, lighter in color, and fresh and bright, these Rosés pair great with the Cali lifestyle of hangin' in the sunshine.
Typical Grapes include: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel
Wherever the Rosé you are drinking is from, we hope you are enjoying the #rosévibes this summer.