Summer is coming, the days are getting warmer and longer, and it's the perfect season for picnics and al fresco dinners.
And the best match for these early summer evenings? A light, delicate wine.
But should you go for a rosé or prosecco?
... What if I told you you could get both?
What makes a rosé, rosé
Over the last few years, rosé has become the "it" wine, and this trend shows no signs of abating.
What is rosé and where does it get its distinctive colour from?
Rosé is a wine category, like reds and whites, rather than a distinct grape variety. Any red grape varietal could in theory produce a rosé, but Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah are popular choices.
While it is made in the same way as other red wines, the length of grape skin contact (otherwise known as maceration) is reduced, meaning that instead of a deep shade of red, you get a characteristic pink colour. The longer the skin contact, the darker the rosé becomes.
Winegrowers must macerate the skins for a few hours, from 2 to 4, to create a gentle rose, while the time might be increased to 7-10 hours for a cerasuolo. A light pink with a very vivid brightness (so much so that novice eyes can mistake it for a very low red) is obtained by a long maceration which can reach up to 24 hours.
Regardless of its colour, this blush wine pairs nicely with practically anything, including spicy meals, salads, grilled meats, roasts, and rich sauces. It's renowned for its al fresco-friendly drinking style.
Salads, pasta, rice dishes, grilled fish, and seafood pair well with light, dry rosés.
All of the above, as well as light, fruity desserts, go nicely with medium-dry rosés like pinot noir.
Fruity rosés pair well with a wide range of cuisines, including spicy curries, BBQ, seared salmon and tuna, and soft cheeses such as brie. Also good with ripe peaches.
Can I have bubbles with that please?
IQ test: What happens when you add bubbles to a rose?
You get a Prosecco Rosé!
Once in the glass, a Prosecco Rosé will enchant you with its delicate rose colour. It has a distinctive and delicate scent that is simultaneously elegant but also carries a blend of sweet, floral, and fruity notes.
On the palate, these twines have a great deal of freshness and persistence, as well as being crisp and simple to drink, which is a feature of every Prosecco.
It will not be difficult to pair this rosé sparkling wine; after all, it is still a Prosecco, which is known for its versatility.
Ideal as an aperitif, it goes well with any entrée, from basic finger foods to fried fish to a more sophisticated raw fish entrée.
You can also try it with a meat and cheeses boards, using prosecco's lean acidity to cut through the fatty sensations in the mouth.
It's also excellent with a vegetable risotto, cold and light dishes, seconds of fish little processed, or even white meat cooked at low temperature.
And finally, if you fancy bubbles at the end of your meal, enjoy it with a fruit platter and cheesecake... There really are endless ways to indulge!
Get ready to Cin cin!
Get ready to Cin cin!
At Wine It, you'll find our very own Italian prosecco rosé, produced by the fantastic Borga winery! With a drinking experience described by the winery as "taking a two-wheeled journey", this lively and vivacious sparkling is sure to delight you, your partner and your guests.
If you're planning your next dinner party, now's the perfect time to grab a few bottles of Prosecco Rosé, we promise your guests will be amazed!