Dollar sales of rosé wine in the United States have grown year over year annually for the past three years, most recently by 42% in 2019, according to Nielsen. The French drink more rosé wine than white wine. It’s no wonder that French winemakers produce so much rosé.
Why is rosé wine so appealing lately?
It boils down to wine style and versatility with food.
Today’s rosé wines are produced to be mostly dry. Back in the seventies, they were mostly designed as blush/ sweet wines. Rosé is technically red wines that have been exposed to their skins for less time than their more complex, darker counterparts. They are aged for less time in the bottle, often released the year following harvest.
Rosé wines are the perfect match for just about any food. Pair them with BBQ, poultry, cheese, charcuterie, foie gras, ultra-fresh shellfish, oysters or caviar.
If you are looking to explore some top-notch rosé this summer, check out the winners of Wine Country Network’s 2020 Drink Pink International Rosé Wine Competition. This year’s Best of Show Winner was Mercer Estate Winery 2019 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rosé from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington. https://mercerwine.com/
Other Double Gold Medal (94+) Winners include:
•Carneros Wine Company Fluer 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé, North Coast, CA
•Del Rio Vineyard Estate 2019 Grenache Rosé, Gold Hill, OR
•Hoyt Family Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé, Paso Robles, CA
•Tenuta di Salviano 2019 Pinot Nero Rosé, Umbria, Italy
•Vina Montes 2019 Cherub Rosé, Colchagua Valley, Chile
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