Pretty in Pink: Exploring the Allure of Rosé Wine

Behold the summer favourite, Rosé wine! This beauty makes for the perfect drink during the (rare) warm summer days, and they’re absolute must haves when packing for family picnics and beach trips. This gorgeous, pink-coloured wine has been around for what feels like an eternity, but it has continued to become increasingly popular in more recent years. As a matter of fact, you’ll find that it's no longer just a drink for the ladies who brunch, self-claimed sophisticated men are getting in on the Rosé action too. But what is all the fuss about Rosé wine? Well we’re here with another hearty blog to shed some light on it.

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Firstly, let's take it all the way back to the basics and talk about how Rosé wine is actually made. Unlike its cousins, where red wine is made from red grapes and white wine which is made with white grapes, Rosé wine can be made from both red or white grapes. The infamous pink colour of the wine is derived from the skin of the grapes, it just conveniently happens to be pink! During the winemaking process, the skins are left in contact with the juice of the grapes for a short amount of time, usually up to a few hours, which gives the wine its beautiful pink hue. Whereas with many other wines, particularly white wines, the skins are removed almost immediately after pressing the grapes.

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The colour of your rosé wine can vary from a very light and pale pink to a deep, almost red colour. Not only that, but the taste can also vary depending on the grape variety, where and how the grapes are grown. Like you’ll find with White Wines, some Rosé wines can be sweet and fruity, while others can be more dry and acidic, there is a whole spectrum of different flavour to choose from. As a general rule of thumb, if you're a fan of sweet wines, you might want to try a White Zinfandel or a Moscato Rosé, however, if let’s say you prefer a dryer wine, a Provence Rosé might be more your kind of style. Conveniently for us foodies, rosé wine is incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. It pairs well with a variety of dishes, from light salads to hearty meats and what a lot of people don’t know is that it's a great choice for spicy foods as the sweetness in the wine can help balance out the heat. So next time you're having a cheese plate, why not try pairing it with a Rosé wine instead of a white or red, it might just surprise you as the acidity in the wine can help cut through the richness of the cheese.

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We think that rosé wine is the perfect choice of tipple for a day out with friends, because you can easily pack a bottle in a cooler and enjoy it at a park or beach. It's also a great option for a picnic or BBQ. Just make sure you bring enough for everyone! One of the most attractive things about Rosé wine is that it's typically very affordable, even at the higher end of the quality spectrum you can find a great bottle of Rosé for under £20, making it the perfect option for those on a budget. Of course, there are more expensive options available as well if you're looking for something special as a gift or something to really savour. Here are some of our favourite rosé wines:

Cabaret Rosé 2021

Cabaret Rose Wine

Located at the foot of the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which inspired artists like Cézanne, this historic winery has produced a classic Provencal rosé: feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.

L'Orangeraie Rosé 2021

L'Orangeraie Rosé 2021

A lively, pale pink rose with hints of rose petals. Delicate, aromatic nose. The wine is lively and well-rounded, and aftertaste is very aromatic.

Famille Bougrier Pure Vallée Le Rosé 2021

Famille Bougrier Pure Vallée Le Rosé 2021

From the renowned Famille Bougrier, this light pink rosé wine is perfectly balanced, fresh, lively and smooth with floral and fruity aromas of raspberry and grenadine. Chill and pour a sunny day if you like, but it can also be enjoyed any time of the year with a variety of light dishes.

Domaine Coussin La Croix Du Prieur Rosé 2022

Domaine Coussin La Croix Du Prieur Rosé 2022

The Domaine Coussin La Croix Du Prieur Rosé 2022 has a very pale pink color with a subtle and delicate nose of stone fruits such as apricot and peach. A beautiful, crystalline palate, with notes of clementine and orange unfold towards a lengthy citrus finish.

Château Coussin Rosé 2022

This delicate looking wine lies somewhere in between, because it's unequivocal proof that rosé can be incredibly serious stuff. It carries the poise, elegance and flawless complexion of Grace Kelly and then explodes with pink grapefruit, passion fruit, strawberry sorbet and lemon sherbet.

Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Rosé 2021

Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Rosé 2021

This elegant, crisp dry wine is a perfect example of Sancerre Rosé, it's a pale crystal-clear pink with orange undertones. The nose is sumptuous and fruity with notes of white peach mixed with hints of passion fruit and mango. The palate is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices. 

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Rose Wines are full of pleasant flavour surprises and offer an incredibly impressive range of different styles and flavour profiles. Rose wine is a true reflection of the global wine-making heritage and offer many unique tasting experiences that you don't want to miss. The Oddbins Rose wine range is certain to serve up something to complement your choices perfectly. Not sure which would best suit your palate or meal? Want to know the best Italian Wine to give as a gift? Contact our helpful team for advice via Live Chat, e-mail or by calling 0800 328 23 23 for all the help you need.