Come May 1st, rosé becomes a staple in nearly every home across America — and for good reason. Wine lovers like that it’s not as heavy as red wine but still packs enough punch to bring out the flavors of grilled meats. If rosé will be gracing your brunch, lunch, or dinner table this summer (and it really should) make sure it’s adding to your meal by pairing it with the right foods.
Making Rosé Wine
Contrary to popular belief, rosé isn’t a blend of white and red wine. Instead, you could think of rosé as a wine one step away from becoming red wine. To give rosé its famous pink coloring, winemakers shorten the “grape skin contact” phase. To give red wine its bold color, winemakers add plenty of red grape skins to the batch. To get rosé wine, they simply add fewer red skins or don’t allow juice to sit in the skins for as long.
The result? Rosé has the body of a red wine but the crisp, refreshing nature of a white wine. Needless to say, it’s the best of both worlds!
First Things First — There are Different Types of Rosés
Most of us call any wine with a pink tint to it rosé. While that’s not technically wrong, it’s also not completely right. Just like red and white wine, there are dozens of different types of rosés you can enjoy this summer. Depending on what you’re eating, some rosés will complement your meal better than others.
Light Off-Dry Rosés
Like its name implies, save this for lighter meals. Summer salads, rice dishes, and spiced curries will usually pair well with very dry rosés.
Medium Dry Rosés
In addition to the foods that light, off-dry rosé pairs well with, medium dry rosé also goes well with sweeter foods and desserts. Chocolate, fruit, cakes, and cookies have the perfect amount of sweetness to bring out the many flavors in dry rosés.
Fruity rosés tend to be a bit of a hit or miss with people — either you really love them or you really don’t. If you’re in the former group, consider yourself lucky, because fruity rosés (and fruity wines in general) go well with a number of different foods. In particular, fruity rosés love seafood, like lobster, seared salmon, and tuna. They also pair nicely with duck, lamb, and white cheeses, like brie.
Full-Bodied Fruity Rosés
Have you yet to find a food that’s too spicy for you? If spice is the name of the game when it comes to cooking, you’ll love a full-bodied fruity rosé. With the body of a red and the lightness of a white wine, these rosés will go nicely with heavily seasoned Mexican or Indian food.
As one of the most versatile sparkling wines, sparkling rosé tastes delicious with nearly every light appetizer and dessert on. If you’re pairing it with cheese and crackers, choose white cheeses, like brie, and prosciutto. For dessert, try it with chocolate covered berries.
For the most part, any of the above-mentioned foods will go well with any glass of rosé. But with our help, you can enjoy the best of the best pairings. Now that your meal is perfect, don’t forget to decorate the table with rosé’s favorite flower — roses!