Rose Wine and Types of Rose Wines

Rose wines are neither white nor red wines; instead they have enough of reddish tinge to make them differentiate from the white wines. The color of the rose wines varies depending on the color of the grape variety used for making the grapes. Most of the times rose wines seem to have orange color then pink or purple. Rose wine can be produced in a number of ways. But most of the times the rose wines are prepared by crushing the red grapes as a result they are not able to get much color or tannin from the grapes. Rose wines are white in their character and flavor.

Early days the rose wines were made by simply adding a bit of red wines with the white wines. The wine makers thought that this method will produce some interesting wines which posses the heart character of the red wines and the crispness of the white wines. Then slowly this practice has fallen down.

Drinking rosé wine in the hot weather give the feeling of crispness and lightness and is also very refreshing. So it is often referred as summer wines. Generally rose wines are simpler than the heavy white and red wines.

The styles of rose wines vary generally. Rose wines from Europe are so dry while rose wines from the United States are sweet. The most popular rose wine is the White Zinfandel from California.

Most of the rose wines are made from red grapes. The red grape varieties that are used in the preparation of the rose wines are:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tempranillo
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel

These grape varieties are used either alone or is blend with the other in the preparation process. Generally the skin of the grapes is not allowed to have a detailed contact with the grape juice. The shorter the contact is the lighter the color will be. The flavors of rose wines are tend to be more delicate compared to red wines.