Rose wine and food is a match made in heaven, especially for those summertime dishes. If you are a “new” wine drinker or someone whose shied away from drinking rose because you tried it and got a bad bottle, fear not! Rose is an excellent wine that has at times gotten a bad rap, and once you understand what your looking for in a rose wine, you will see that it is a perfect match for many of your favorite dishes.
Rose Wine and Food
You know when a felicitous wine-and-food pairing just sneaks up on you? You’re eating something mindlessly, then you take a swig of whatever’s in your glass, you stop dead in your tracks. Wow. Food wine both suddenly taste so much better thanks to the presence of the other.
This happens to me all the time when I’m drinking rosé.
I remember being in a tapas bar eating Spanish ham with my fingers and polishing off a bottle of rosé with a friend, and thinking it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten.
I also remember having a nicoise salad with briny black olives, a too-generous glug of olive oil over the tuna and red, red summer tomatoes. That glass of rosé on the side? Etched in my brain as the ideal mate.
You should know this: rosé wines are essentially white wines made from red or black grapes. After the crush, the skins are left in contact with the juice for a couple, three days, imparting a pink color. In most cases the grapes are grown and picked for rosés, but sometimes the wine is produced as a by-product of red wine production; some of the pink-tinged juice is drained off early to give the rest of the juice longer contact with the skins.
You should also know this: A lot of bad rosés may turn you off the color pink for life. And I’m not just talking about mom’s white zinfandel.
So is there really something to rose wine and food? Yes there is something and it is something really good. Rose wine like many wines is meant to be drank when it is young and isn’t something you’d put down in your wine cellar, so if you got a bad taste of rose, chances are you got an old bottle.
My experience with rose wine has been very good and I really enjoy it with tuna salad, a nice ham sandwich or anything that is somewhat salty. If you’ve given rose the heave ho you ought to reconsider and give it another try.
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