Wine Column: The Lovely Rosé

Allison Goodan

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The immortal, starry-eyed words of William Shakespeare for his play “Romeo and Juliet.”

Delicate, floral, soft and pink, Rosé is different as it is pronounced ROH-SAY and is not in fact a beautiful flower, but a gorgeous wine.

French in origin, Rosé carries a delicately blushed hue. With a kiss of strawberry, don’t let her trick you into thinking she is sweet, as she follows with a dry bite.

True Rosé is made the European way, as she was never intended to be sweet.

Americans with our deadly sweet tooth have ravaged Rosé to become something altered and not much worth trying, in my opinion.

True Rosé is made from red grape varietals such as Pinot Noir, Grenach, Syrah and Zinfandel. The color is light as the skins, pips and stems are removed from the fermentation tank early on.

The lovely versatility of Rosé goes with any dish. It is most possibly the friendliest of food wines.

Get a dry French Rosé when you are having trouble pairing a meal, or just to enjoy alone, mildly chilled as the summer nights turn humid.

Delicate yet feisty, adaptable yet classic, Rosé is hard not to fall in love with.