Some people say that they are made for women or that they should be appreciated outside on summer days.
Being a woman I personally appreciate our association with such bold wines!
Rosé or Pink wines, however you want to name them, are quite bold. Today they claim for a place at your table among white and red wines specially through Summer time.
In the past they were known for the lack of aromatic and flavour richness and used to be sweet (reminding us of strawberry candy) not to mention a bit bubbly. Today they are predominantly dry with no bubbles whatsoever. And it's rare to find a Portuguese producer that doesn't have a Rosé wine in their portfolio nowadays.
Now, gentlemen who are reading this, drink more Rosé wines! Rosé wines are perfect for the summer due to the fact that they should be chilled (6-9ºC) prior service, not to mention how easy they are to match with "petiscos".
A Rosé can either go well with grilled prawns, roasted sardines and even Presunto (cured ham) sandwich. A Caprese salad is also perfect with a dry rosé. And if we keep thinking about Italian cuisine, we have to mention Pizza and how good it can be with a not necessarily dry rosé (especially if it's a vegetable pizza).
If you're more adventurous and want to try a rosé with Indian food, choose a sweeter wine with residual sugar.
Even though they have attractive prices, in the majority of cases, they are pretty sophisticated wines made from well – known grape varieties like Touriga Nacional and Aragonês. Traditional sweet and "sparkling" rosé wines still exist and these (Mateus, Lancers, etc.) are the ones that go great with any type of spicy "petisco" or main course.
Colour richness in a rosé wine is not a characteristic that will necessarily give us a dry flavour. Once again, I call rosé wines bold because in the lack of such information we have no alternative left than to taste them.
Rosé wines are fun and uncomplicated, adding some colour to any party. Versatile, they pair we'll with several different dishes and, with the Mediterranean cuisine, they are a perfect match to garlic, olive oil, spices, seafood and vegetables.
Italians are the main consumers of rosé wines and in France they are sold a lot more than the white wines.
A last tip, regarding the colour, anything that is pink such as lobster, shrimp, ham, pork meat, etc., goes well with a glass of rosé wine. Cheers to happy summer days!
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