Buzzfeed Adds To Rosé Lore With List Of “Eight Things You Didn't Know”


A listy Buzzfeed article made a resurgence this week after it was included in a Katie Couric story about Rosé wine. 
If Couric's article was a “Welcome to the World of Rose” brochure, the Buzzfeed story, written by Rachel Sanders, was more of a “Here's How Not To Embarrass Yourself When Talking About The Pink Stuff.”
The story included eight essential bits of knowledge for anyone interested in drinking glass of the pale princess. 
First on the list was the all important caveat, “There's no shame in drinking pink wine.” Rosé's surge in popularity this summer reinforced this point, as several articles popped up here and there in support of masculine cravings for the delicate damsel; “Brosé” become a real thing. 
Moving on to the next point, it was made clear that Rosé is not the love child of a one-night stand between red wine and white wine. The quaffer gets its signature pale pink color (depending on which Rose it is) by maceration, leaving the red grape skins in just long enough to give the wine a touch of rouge. 
The article then included a helpful photo of four different Rosés; one made from Pinot Noir, one made from Merlot, one made from Grenache and one made from Malbec. The color of each Rose became darker as they moved away from Pinot and toward the ever-stout Malbec. 
Now, while most of us have passed the summer with our Rose-colored glasses pointed to Provence, Sanders pointed out that Rosé can be made in just about any region in the world, French or not. 
“Most rose wines are blends of multiple grapes,” Sanders wrote. “Some of the most common grape varieties used in dry/European-style rose are Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinot Noir.”
With the ubiquitous nature of Rosé now out in the open, it would do newbies well to realize that there are two types of Rosé: dry and not-so-dry. 
The dry stuff is the hallmark of European  – and particularly, French – Rosés, while less dry (read: sweet) Rosés are more prevalent in New World producers like the United States. This is a good thing and a bad thing. 
In the 1970's,  the American “verison” of Rosé, White Zinfandel, gained a dubious reputation for its cloying sweetness and low quality. Rosé's reputation in the United States suffered because of this. But thankfully, the quality Rosé drought is over in the U.S. 
And while production of Rosé has become a global endeavor, the old adage still remains: When in doubt, choose Provence. 
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