A Rose by any other name must be Rosé (from French, rosé [ʁoze]). As the year-end draws closer and summertime settles in. Cravings of relaxation by the sea, pool or in nature with your nearest and dearest is at its peak. These occasions are perfectly paired with Rosé.

White grapes become white wine. Red grapes become red wine. As for pink grapes, they don’t exist in nature; so, how do winemakers create a style of wine that has such a beautiful pink color?

Can you DIY a bottle of Rosé in your kitchen?

Well ….. You probably shouldn’t!

The simple mixing of red wine into white wine to impart color is forbidden by law in France, except for Champagne. Even in Champagne, several high-end producers do not use this method. They prefer using the saignée method.

There are three main ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée (don’t worry, we’ll tell you what that means a little further down), and blending.

Rosé wines are very versatile.  Coming in still, semi-sparkling or sparkling, and a wide range of sweetness levels.  Tastes vary from very dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are also made from a wide variety of grapes. And are found all around the globe. Including South Africa. We have some lovely Rosé wines right here.

A Rosé Wine Tasting is a great way to celebrate a birthday or bachelorette with the girls.

We have a range of venues, or we arrange for it to happen right in your home.

The saignée method involves making rosé as a by-product of red wine fermentation.  A portion of the pink juice from the grape is removed at an early stage and fermented separately to produce rosé. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified because of the bleeding.  Because the volume of juice in the must is reduced and becomes more concentrated.

Most commonly black-skinned grapes are crushed, and the skins remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically two to twenty hours. They press the must and remove the skins rather than leaving them in contact throughout fermentation which is what the do when making red wine. The longer they leave the skins in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine. As soon as the juice begins to take on the beautiful pink color the winemaker is aiming for, they remove them and the juice is  allowed to ferment, creating delicious rosé.

So wines get their colour from the juice’s contact with the skin of the grapes, not from the colour of the juice. Depending on how long the juice is in contact with the skins, the color bleeds into the juice.  Rosé wines can rante in colour from a pale “onion-skin” orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the grape varieties used and winemaking techniques.

Usually, the wine is labelled rosé in French, Portuguese, and English-speaking countries, rosado in Spanish, or rosato in Italian.

So where does the good stuff come from, other than South Africa?

The wine region known for creating the most consistent rosés, is the Provence wine region of France.  This region creates rosé more than any other style of wine, and they’ve become incredibly good at it.

We arrange a sophisticated French Wine & Champagne Tastings with Hervé, ‘The French Wine Guy’

We know he’s just received the latest replenishment of delicious Mirabeau en Provence 2019 vintage which embodies the fantastic story of a British couple Stephen & Jeany Cronk pursuing their dream, relocating to Provence with their family in 2009 to pursue devoting themselves to crafting award-winning Provence Rosé and integrating smoothly in the local lifestyle.

10 years into their project, they have established successful partnership with growers to source from the best vineyards.  They have received critical acclaim under the winemaking leadership of Natalie Longefay.  Notably selected as part of the top 10 rosé by Drinks Business Magazine and receiving accolades with every vintage.

This year, their dream reached a new goal with the acquisition of their first vineyard, and a new domaine base under organic and biodiversity practices. They were recently a spotlight story from Decanter Magazine. Read the full story here. https://www.decanter.com/decanter-best/mirabeau-rose-wines-provence-tasted-436950/


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