About rosé wines....
There is a difference between Old World rosé and New World rosé; the Old World style is closely associated with tradition and terroir, so that production methods remain the same from generation to generation.
Sweet, elegant and tannic, Old World rosé wines come from countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, Poland, France, Spain and Italy.
Much more unpredictable due to the experimental nature of the winemaking process, New World rosé wines come from countries such as the United States, Australia, India, China, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Argentina and South Africa. There, winegrowers often have more freedom to experiment with the grape varieties.
There are three main methods of making rosé wine:
Whatever the method used, the main grape varieties used to make rosé are Grenache, Cinsault, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese (common in Italy but also found in Corsica!)
Provençal rosé wines are generally made from the same local blends used in the production of red wines. Most of the rosé wines of Provence are made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes, but some are made from Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.
A less well-known grape called Tibouren is also used in some areas of Provence. Wines made from this grape variety have the ability to blend very well with garlic or pieces of beef with red pepper and fresh rosemary.
For aroma hunters, here are the typical aromas of rosé wines from Provence: grapefruit, banana, strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant, almond, lime blossom, cut hay.
A glass of fresh rosé is delicious in itself but goes even better with food, especially fish, grilled meats or vegetables. It is fearless against tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, chilli, chilli, vinaigrettes and even eggs. He loves the outdoors and is irresistibly friendly. Full-bodied styles can be combined with roasts, grilled meat and fish; non-drying rosé wines are remarkably good with a slightly spicy cuisine and cheese platters. Sweeter rosé wines can be served with pastries or fruit tarts.