Rosé Wine: A Guide to the Perfect Summertime Drink

Do you love the taste of rosé wine? If you’re looking for the perfect drink to enjoy during the hot summer months, rosé is a great choice. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about rosé wine, including what it is, how it’s made, and how to serve and enjoy rosé wine during those long summer days and evenings! We’ll also provide information about RayLen Vineyard’s long-awaited 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc release and how you can get your hands on a bottle.

Rosé Wine

What is rosé wine?

First, it’s important to note that rosé is not a particular variety of grape; it’s simply a category of wine, comparable to reds and whites. While it’s produced similarly to red wine, the time it ferments with grape skins is reduced. The pink color of rosé comes from this reduced skin contact.

Rosé may be produced from any red grape and grown in any wine-producing region. Despite its recent popularity in the United States, it has been a mainstay in France for centuries. The Provence wine region of France produces more rosé than any other style of wine. Rosé is also popular in Spain (where it’s called “rosado“) and Italy (where it is known as “rosato”). 

A rosé wine is typically a combination of grapes, so it may be composed from several grape varieties. The most common types of red wine grapes used to make rosé are grenache, sangiovese, syrah, mourvèdre, carignan, cinsault, and pinot noir. In certain situations, it might be a single varietal produced with one type of grape. 

How is rosé wine made?

To keep it simple: the hue of rosé stems from skin contact, as we mentioned before. When grapes are crushed, the juice that emerges is clear, and it’s the grape skin that gives the wine its color. When the juice and grape skins combine, the color of the grape skins bleeds into the wine, giving it its color. This process is known as “maceration” in winemaking.

Winemakers macerate rosé for only a few hours, up to a day. Once the juice has turned the desired color, the skins are removed and the juice is fermented. You may notice that rosés come in different shades of pink, which is due to the varying maceration methods and grape varieties used. For example, rosés made with grenache grapes tend to be light pink, while rosés made with syrah grapes tend to be a deeper shade of pink.

What does rosé wine taste like?

The taste of rosé wine can vary depending on the grape variety used, as well as the maceration method. In general, rosés are dry with a slightly fruity flavor. They tend to be light-bodied and have lower alcohol content than red wines. Some rosés may also have floral aromas.

How to serve rosé wine?

Rosé wine is best served chilled, between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also important to use the right type of glass when serving rosé. The best type of glass to use is a white wine glass, which will help preserve the chill and enhance the flavors of the rosé.

Food Pairings

Serving rosé with the right food can really enhance the flavors of both the wine and the dish. When it comes to rosé, some great pairing options include:

  • Cheese: Try rosé with a variety of cheeses, such as goat cheese, brie or even a sharp cheddar.
  • Seafood: A dry rosé pairs well with grilled salmon or shrimp.
  • Fruit: Rosés are also lovely when served with fruit, such as watermelon, strawberries, or even grilled peaches.

RayLen Vineyard’s 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc Now Available!

We are so excited to announce our latest release, our 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc! This is our first release with our newly redesigned label. With notes of fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas, the flavors glide smooth with cherry fruit flavors and are balanced with a sense of richness. The finish is dry and crisp, making it a summer staple!

Case Club Members Received First Access

Case Club Members were thrilled to receive first access to our 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc on Thursday, June 9, 2022, before it was made available to the general public on Friday, June 10, 2022.

RayLen Case Club Members enjoy a variety of membership perks, from early releases to discounts and exclusive offers! Learn more about our Case Club and become a member today!

RayLen Vineyard’s Award-Winning Rosé

What’s all the hype around our 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc? Beyond its timing as the perfect summer release, this rosé has already received two pretty impressive awards! Most recently, RayLen Vineyard’s 2020 Rosé of Cabernet Franc took home the Bronze Medal in the 2022 Experience Rosé Wine Competition, an international competition judged by the industry’s internationally renowned and respected experts. And at the beginning of the year, the 2020 Rosé won a silver medal at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, the largest competition for North American wines.

Celebrate Rosé Wines All Summer Long

Rosé Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of every June, with this year landing on June 11th. But we think rosé should be enjoyed all summer long! You can experience our newly-released, awarding-winning wine for yourself! Grab a bottle online or in person at our vineyards. And don’t forget about our summertime favorite, Fizzzy Rosé! Mango, honeydew melon and fresh cut flower aromas introduce the RayLen Fizzzy Rosé. Blushed by Petit Verdot, the flavors are generous and plenty. Strawberry and white peach dominate the bold flavors that are highlighted by bright bubbles and a clean fresh fruit finish. Our Fizzzy Rosé is available in both bottles and cans. The cans are especially convenient for beaches, pools, and picnics. Cheers to the summer!