Rosé Facts and Myths: Busting the Pink - Sula Vineyards

Busting the Pink - Myths of Rosé

All the restaurants these days, be it a fine-dine or a bar or pub, include a beautiful rosé in their wine list. Rosé is a pretty pink-hued wine which is known for its refreshing taste. But, irrespective of it being a social media star, there are a lot of misconceptions that follow this pretty-looking wine. There is a lot more to this wine than what meets the eye. So get ready to take off your rosé coloured glasses and deep dive into some interesting facts about Rosé wine.

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#1 All Rosés are sweet.

Although many rosés have some sweetness, a dry rosé wine is generally a fruit bomb on your nose and palate, but with very little sugar or sweetness A wine's sweetness level highly depends on the winemaker, the grape variety and the style of wine. Some of the most popular rosés around the world are not sweet, like The Source Grenache Rosé. This beautiful salmon-pink-hued wine has white peach, tropical fruit and citrus aromas, with almost no residual sugar, making it a perfect rosé if you are looking for a dry rosé wine.

#2 Rosés are made by blending red and white wines.

One of the most common questions that a winemaker comes across is “How are rosé wines made?” For example, some think it is a blend of red and white wines, some think it is made using real rose petals. Blending is one of the methods for rosé making, but not as common. Most of the rosé wines around the world are made by limited skin contact during maceration. In this method, the grape juice is left to rest with the skin for a short period of time where the wine just gets the fruit-bomb characteristics of the red grape with a little colour but not much tannins. Some of the highly acknowledged rosé wines are made by blending red and white grapes,

like the Sula Brut Tropicale; an award-winning wine from India, which is known for its peachy, citrusy and grapefruit aromas and flavours. This wine has represented India in the International Wine Challenge and won a Gold, becoming the only wine from India to win a gold ever.

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#3 Rosés are a “woman’s” drink.

Just like how women are stereotyped with the “pink” colour, this wine has its own struggles in being the choice for men. But as we are busting myths here, it is important to put across the gender neutrality of this beverage. It is an easy-going wine which can be a perfect beverage for all your match screenings or a day out. If you are looking for a wine for your upcoming match night to pair well with all your appetisers and fritters, you should try the Zinfandel Rosé. With a nose full of nectarines, watermelons and pleasant white fruits, it can be your perfect choice for a light-hearted evening.

#4 Rosés are a summer drink.

Just like all the above-mentioned myths, this is a myth that forbids us from enjoying this wine in the cold embrace of winter. A heavier-bodied rosé can be the perfect pairing with most of your seasonally-available fresh vegetables. Like the Sula Zinfandel Rosé, which can pair perfectly well with all your winter cravings for fritters, Chinese appetizers, and fresh vegetable salads.

When it comes to India, all the regionally renowned dishes of the winter, like sarson ka saag, thukpas, undhiyu or even carrot poriyal pair amazingly well with our Sula Zinfandel Rosé. While you sit and bask in the winter sun, bring out that Rosé!

#5 Rosés cannot be paired with food.

One of the biggest myths is that rosé wines are more like an aperitif and hence cannot be paired with food. The fruit character of rosé without tannins makes it a perfect pairing with most of the easy going dishes, based on the type of rosé wine. Most light pastas, rice dishes, partially cooked seafood, or your favourite charcuterie board, there is nothing, the rosé will not compliment.

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