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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