“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy rosé, and that’s close enough”. Sometimes it is hard to argue with greeting card pathos. We love our organic rosé wines at Vintage Roots!
What is rosé wine?
Rosé, rosado, rosato… it is time, ladies and gentlemen, to think pink – and pretty much every shade you can think of from the palest, prettiest pink to a pink that’s so bold it’s very nearly, but not quite red.
Rosé wine is one that gets its colour from the grapes’ skins. The idea is to extract colour but not too much, meaning the final wine is pink rather than red. Lots of things impact the depth of colour; the way the wine is made, the grape varieties used and the rosé style that the winemaker is after. Want to learn more? Read our blog on the different types of rosé wines.
Rosé wine has never been more popular. We all love it; refreshing, characterful, food-friendly and as joyful to look at as they are to drink, it’s hard not to be charmed.
What makes a good rosé?
We all like different things in wine and rosé wines come in many different styles which means that there’s a good match for pretty much everyone.
As with all wine, a good rosé will be well-balanced, having good varietal character and be true to its style and place of origin. Happily, we have an extensive range of cracking biodynamic and organic rose wines that you can peruse.
Are rosé wines sweet or dry?
Winemakers make rosé wines in all manner of styles and you’ll find everything from slightly sweet to bone dry. It’s important not to confuse ripeness for sweetness, which often happens!
If you like something fresh and fruity with a bit of fizz, then look no further than the Italian Giol Perla Rosato Frizzante.
Right at the other end of the spectrum is the Provence Rosé from Jas d’Esclans. Wonderfully fruity, it’s also refreshingly dry.
Which are the best types of rosé wine & which are the best organic rosé wines to try?
Well, rats… who wants to say what’s best? It all depends doesn’t it… on your mood, who you’re with, what you’re eating (or not eating!) and much else besides.
We love all of our organic rosé wines but let’s imagine that the boys go fishing and want a picnic pink for their fishy catch. That being so, we suggest the Wild Thing Rosé which Comes with a screwcap closure so they don’t even have to remember a corkscrew. Perfect!
Staying at home this weekend and planning some chill-out time with a good book and a glass of something lovely? For days like those, we like something not too complicated and with plenty of flavour. This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon does just the job.
Do you want to show that drinking rosé can be a serious, foodie affair? Our new Mallorcan rosé is as elegant and refined as they come. Wonderfully aromatic with fantastic fruit expression that includes wild red fruits with touches of the tropical too. Dry and long-lived, this is a sophisticated and textured rosé that can readily be enjoyed with food.
Shrunk your other half’s favourite jumper in the wash? Make it up with Albury Silent Pool Rosé and remember that you will have to go shopping for a new jumper too!
Looking for a no-added sulphur rosé? Look no further – No sulphur rosé wine from Vintage Roots
And lastly, if you’d like an alcohol-free rosé wine, then hurrah, we have one of those too. Made from cabernet sauvignon, the Opia alcohol free cabernet rosé is a red-fruited delight. It’s also made with no-added-sulphur.
You can read more with our guide to how to enjoy the best rose wines.
How long does rosé wine last?
Rosé wines are not often meant for long-keeping, though there are notable exceptions. We strongly recommend you buy what you’re planning to drink in the short to mid-term; an over-tired rosé wine is a tragedy of a find!
Once a bottle is opened, it can be confidently kept for a day or three if kept in the fridge and has a seal good enough to keep out the air. It’s never a great idea just to wedge back in the cork; you’ll find the wine fades fast. A better plan is to invest in a vacu vin… they’re a marvel and will help you keep unfinished bottles for a few days.
How many calories in rosé wine?
If you happen to be counting the calories, then here’s a bit of good news – the pros say that there are fewer calories in every 100ml of rosé wine than there are an equivalent serving of white wine or red wine. Every wine will differ, but a good working average is 70 to 80 kcal for every 100ml of pink you drink.
You can read more about this in our blog about how many calories there are in wine.