April Showers Bring Rosés

We aren't fooling with our fight of great Rosé wines. Rosés are more than just that pink wine. Today is your chance to taste some great wine that will have you ready for summer.

Flight of 4 Wines: $13.00

2015 Le Figuier, L’Esprit du Sud de la France, IGP Var, France
SAT ONLY Bottle To-Go $19.99
2015 Schäfer, Rosé trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany
SAT ONLY Bottle To-Go $17.99
2016 Balletto, Rosé, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
SAT ONLY Bottle To-Go $17.99
2016 Front Porch, Rosé, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
SAT ONLY Bottle To-Go $20.99

What Is Rosé Wine?

Rosé is a dry wine that is “brighter and more refreshing than many red wines and shares some characteristics with white wine,” says Napa Valley winemaker Jeff Morgan, the author of Rosé: A Guide to the World’s Most Versatile Wine ($2, amazon.com). Rosés are typically made in one of two ways. A winemaker presses red grapes (anything from Cabernet Sauvignon to Grenache, many of the same grapes that you’re used to seeing in your favorite red wines) right after harvest, yielding a pale rosé color. Or the winemaker crushes the grapes, letting them sit in contact with the skins before separating the pink juice from the skins. Some rosés are made by simply blending white wine with red wine, although these are rarely of high quality. “The best rosés are produced in wine regions where rosé is a signature wine, not an afterthought,” says Steven Kolpan, a professor and the chair of wine studies at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York.

By Chris Morocco, from Real Simple