The Best Summer Rosé

A refreshing glass of wine in the sunshine is one of life’s pleasures which surely can’t be beaten. Ok, maybe watching a village cricket match whilst enjoying a refreshing tipple, but I’ll still settle for the first option. That tipple may be a cocktail, a cleansing ale or maybe a glass of rosé wine.

At some point during your life the chances that you’ve owned something pink are probably high. My grandparents had a pink bathroom suite which I’m sure was removed once they sold the place. Whatever tickles us pink, us Brits have a fondness with this colour. It even comes in a variety of shades too, many with interesting names such as Blood Orange, Fuchsia and Berry Sauce. Forget 50 Shades of Grey, the spotlight has turned to a different colour!

But, why opt for the French word rosé? We don’t call wine colours by other French names, such as rouge (red) or blanc (white) so why rosé? Regardless, when we go on holiday and head for beaches which top the sunshine league table, a glass of rosé is the perfect partner to help us relax and enjoy the good life.

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Some rosé wines are all about sweetness and often associated with countries such as Portugal and California, but the limelight is now on the modern, fresh and fruity wines redolent of summer fruits, with the glamourous French region of Provence showcasing some of the most impressive examples.

In order to understand how rosé wines come about being rosé in colour, we have to dispel a common belief that most are not produced by simply adding red wine to white. The only wine that permits this method is rosé champagne. Most still rosé wines are made directly from black grapes by removing the fermenting grape juice from the skins after a short period of maceration. Only a small amount of colour is extracted from the skins, giving the wines a pink tinge. The deeper the colour, the longer the maceration.

Another benefit that rosé also possesses is its ability to be the perfect partner for a wide range of food and cuisines, from duck and game to Chinese food and cold roast chicken. Whether you prefer a whiter shade of pale, a shade of candy floss or the robust fire-engine red, rosé is there to pair at your pleasure during all fourseasons.

La Gioiosa et Amorosa Rosea SpumanteNV

Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes, this takes its name from an ancient local saying, ‘marca gioiosa et amorosa’, meaning ‘march with joy and love’. A friendly fizz designed for joyous occasions and for sharing with friends

Waitrose Ripe and Juicy Spanish Rosé

This delicious rosé is made by a collection of three of the most progresive cellars in the region. Dry, with an attractive strawberry character, this can be drunk on its own or with a variety of lighter dishes and tapas.

Waitrose Provence Rosé

Perfect salmon colour with hints of summer fruits and a crisp finish. Lovely on a summers evening.

Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rosé

This medium bodied South African rosé exhibits fresh strawberry and red cherry aromas with a slight spice on the palate that is signature of this variety.

Bijou Rose Pouch 1.5L

A twist of the tap and away you go! All you could wish for from a delicious rosé – a beautiful pale pink hue, freshly plucked red fruit aromas and delicate flavours of wild strawberries all wrapped up in a wonderfully stylish pouch. Ideal for garden parties.

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