Wine & Spirits 101

What is Rose Wine?

Rose wine technically begins as a red wine, but the juice only comes in contact with the grape skins for a limited time.

Two main methods produce rose wines:

skin contact method when a winemaker’s intent is to only make rose wine, they will simply extract the grape skins after brief contact with the juice. 

saignee method – when a winemaker desires to impart more tannins and color into a red wine, some of the early pink juice can be removed. This leaves less juice to remain in contact with the skins, leaving a more concentrated red. The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce rose. 

Often served chilled, these fresh, bright red fruit wines are gaining popularity for a reason, as they can be pleasantly enjoyed throughout the summer months.  

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