Valentine's Day Rosés
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and nothing screams romance louder than a nice rosé!
Most rosé is made from traditionally “red wine” grapes. Most commonly, the grapes are fermented in the traditional manner – crushed, and left in contact with the skins. But the skins are, essentially, strained out after only a few days. For traditional red wine, the skins are left for the entire fermentation process. Straining out the skins reduces the tannin in the wine – the chemical that causes the mouth-puckering effect that most red wines have.
The other main method of making rosé is Saignée. Red wine is crushed in a traditional manner, but the light pink juice is siphoned off the top of the tank to cultivate tannins in the remaining wine. The siphoned juice is placed in a different vat to ferment into red wine. Rosés are normally acidic and tangy with raspberry or other berry fruit flavors. And like a white wine, rosé wine should be served chilled (40° to 50° Fahrenheit).
Here are some of my personal favorites perfect for any budget (click to enlarge):
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This Valentine’s Day cuddle up, pull the cork, and celebrate into the night!