National Rosé Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in June.
- It was the first wine created, about 7000 BC. Red and white wines came a few thousand years later.
- Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are very versatile wines that complement many types of food.
- Rosé is lighter than red wine and deeper than white wine. The pink color of rosé wine depends on the time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration. There are rosé wines that are semi-sparkling or sparkling, with different intensities of sweetness levels and dryness.
- Rosé wine is not meant to be “aged.” It’s best consumed within 2-3 years of it’s release.
- In France it’s called Rosé, in Italy they’re called Rosato, and in Spain it’s Rosado.
- Rosés don’t have to be simply sipped from a glass all by their lonesome. Many a mixologist is now looking to rosé as an ingredient in crafting that perfect summer cocktail.
- Rosé is a beautiful accompaniment to foods of all sorts. From melon and prosciutto to salade niçoise, to a juicy burger or Indian food, this versatile vino goes with a lot.
- What’s better than champagne, you ask? Why, the ever cheerful and sensationally salmon-colored, sparkling brut rosé. Pair it with chocolates or sliced fruit for the perfect end-of-the-evening sweet treat or celebratory toast.
- France is the main producer of rosé wines, at about 28 percent. The Provencal region produces the majority of the rosés to come out of the country, but smaller operations can be found in the Loire Valley and the Rhone region.
- The United States and Italy are the next largest producers, and the U.S. is the second-largest consumer after France.
- In France, rosés have overtaken whites in the popularity category.
- White Zinfandel is a rosé — and it started as an accident. Back in the 1970s, Bob Trinchero at Sutter Home was working on a classic dry rosé when the batch stopped fermenting halfway through, meaning the residual sugar never completely converted to alcohol. Instead of starting over, Trinchero bottled the sweet mistake, which went on to become the United States’ best-selling premium wine by 1987.
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt purchased a French winemaking estate in 2012. With the help of famous winemaker Marc Perrin, they have truly embraced the craft of making wine. Their creation Miravel is described by wine expert Joe Bastianich as “…slightly acidic on the palate. Not in a bad way, but it’s definitely real and acidic, and firm.”