Rosé Wine 101 and Enjoying it in the Vail Valley
What is Rosé? Why is it so popular? Should I be drinking it on a ski vacation in Vail, CO?
Here’s the 411 on this amazing wine and why you should throw a bottle in your backpack for Spring BBQ’s in Blue Sky Basin, Vail!
Rosé is a wine that is not named after a region or grape varietal but a style, like red or white. To make Rosé you mash red grapes (which are white inside)and produce white juice. The strength of the pink color comes from the length of time the juice is left in contact with the skin…a few hours to a few days. Red wine is made exactly the same way but left on the skin much longer.
Two rules of thumb when gauging the “dryness” of Rosé….
- Old World = More Dry (Europe)
- New World = Less Dry (Everywhere else)
Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but this is a good gauge. Provence is the motherland of Rosé, so when in doubt…pick France.
Rosé is not a wine you want to hoard away in your Beaver Creek wine cellar! Drink it young and fresh!
The best thing about Rosé is its versatility! It goes well with salads at Vin 48, amazing with burgers on Window’s Deck on Vail Mountain, delicious with Moe’s BBQ and March Madness basketball, and a splendid pairing with popcorn and Game of Thrones! Just about anywhere up and down the beautiful Vail Valley you can find a great restaurant and perfect place to enjoy a bottle of Rosé wine.
One more fun thing about Rosé….It makes amazing cocktails! Here’s a fun Recipe:
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 750-ml bottle rosé wine
- 2 cups soda water
- 1/3 cup Aperol
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Combine strawberries and wine in a large pitcher; cover and chill for 3 hours to infuse wine. Strain wine into a large bowl, reserving some strawberries for garnish. Return wine to pitcher. Stir in soda water, Aperol, and lemon juice. Divide among ice-filled glasses; garnish each with a lemon twist and a few reserved strawberries.
Here’s a few of our favorite bottles of Rosé at Beaver Liquors:
- AIX Rosé – “The ultimate expression of the Provence. AIX has a bright, pale-pink color and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft ripe summer fruit.”
- Whispering Angel – “The colour is the palest coral pink. The texture is fast-becoming a d’Esclans hallmark – gossamer silk with magical slipperiness offset with tangy, citrus pink grapefruit notes and cool, river-stone minerality.”
- Miraval - Beautiful, pale, petal-pink colour, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with aromas of fresh fruit and spring ﬂowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline ﬁnish.