When it comes to Rosé wine, many confuse it with some sweet counterparts – white zinfandel and blush – but a true Rosé is entirely different.
In technical terms, Rosé is a dry wine made from red wine grapes that received limited contact with the grape skins. In winemaking, the grape skins are what give red wine its color.
Rosé can vary in color from very light coral to almost red, depending on the exposure to the skin. Some refer to Rosé as blush because they’ve received a blush of color, but the correct term would be Rosé. The term blush actually refers to sweeter pink wines like white zinfandel or white merlot.
Rosé is released in spring and available in limited quantities. Produced from the previous year’s vintage, they are aged for only six months. They are young wines designed to drink within a year of purchase.
The limited release is because the grapes used are primarily grown to make red wine. Many are blends of multiple grape varietals that the winery has left on the vine after picking what they need for red wine.