Real Men Drink Rosé

Now that the weather has finally become predictably warmer (no more freak snow squalls) we have opened our patio for patrons to enjoy eating alfresco. Dining outdoors is one of our favorite spring and summer activities. The warmer temperatures beckon for fresh, light dishes that are brimming with bright veggies and grilled everything from meats to fish.

The switch from a Lancaster Country staple of hearty steak and potatoes served with deep rich red wines to lighter fare means your wine also needs to lighten up. While people typically jump right to white wines to sip in warmer temps, there is a renaissance happening for a lesser known, yet equally impressive lighter wine, the rosé.

This isn’t your aunt’s blush wine. Today’s rosé wines are both sophisticated and manly, with complex notes ranging from sweet to savory to fruity. Yes, real men drink rosé, wear pink and sometimes sneak a pump of your moisturizer (because they know you buy the good stuff).

This surge in the pink stuff, which actually ranges in color from a light pink to a brilliant ruby depending on how long the grape skins are left sitting in the red wine juice, has encouraged us to share with you some quick insights into the wild world of rosé, and why these wines are perfect for pairing with long, relaxing outdoor evenings.

6 Things You Need to Know About Rosé Wine:

  1. Rosé wine isn’t made from any specific grape or region; unlike red or white wine, rosé is a genre of wine that can be produced almost anywhere in the world. The United Sates is one of the largest producers of rosé wines, along with Spain and France.
  2. Check out the young gun. Unlike bold reds, rosé wines do not need to age in your cellar for years to be delicious. Just the opposite actually, most rosé wines will be dated no later than two or three years back. So don’t be afraid to pick up a bottle from 2013.
  3. You want to look for rosé wines that are dry. This means they are not too sugary and offer more of an acidic flavor, perfect for paring with grilled foods. When in doubt, choose a rosé from France, this tip will hopefully help keep you from feeling overwhelmed in the store.
  4. A good bottle of rosé isn’t expensive. You can typically buy a fine bottle for around $15.00. This economical price will make it easy to try several different varieties such as Syrah Rosé, Zinfandel Rosé (a.k.a. White Zinfandel), Provence Rosé, and Pinot Noir Rosé without breaking the bank.
  5. So what should you have with your rosé wine? BBQ! Grilled meats are a warm weather staple and the tannins of rosé pair beautifully with grilled steak, kabobs, fish and anything in BBQ sauce. Fire up the grill, make your own marinade or sauce, pour a glass of rosé, and enjoy a warm evening outside.
  6. Rosé wines are ideal for mixing. You can make a refreshing cocktail using your favorite rosé, something fizzy, and fresh herbs like mint or basil. Here is a recipe for Basil Lemonade Rosé Wine cocktail that is sure to be delicious.

Now you are ready to toast the season with a glass of rosé wine in hand. Share with us your favorite brands of rosé wine in the comments section below and let us know what you enjoy most about this delightful wine.

Cheers!

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