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Q: When did Rosé become a thing?

Q: How do Rosé wines get their color?

The original Rosé that most people think of here in the US
was white zinfandel back in the 1980s. But it has been a thing
for a very long time going back to Greek & Roman times, as
wines were kind of Rosé before they were truly red because
methods were not as good as present day.

There are a few methods. The two major ways are the maceration method where the red wine grape skins are left in contact
with the juice for a shorter period of time. The other method
is called saignee, which means "to bleed off," so wine makers
will take a robust red wine they are making and remove some
juice before full maceration has set in, so the wine is essentially
still pink. This also helps wine that remains become a more
robust red, win/win situation.

It came into fashion in the 19th Century in the French Rivera.
Aside from a blip in the '80s with white zinfandel (a sweet style
still available) it didn't really start to build in the US until the
early 2000s, and did not hit real critical mass until about 2009,
in New York and San Francisco. As a wine bar owner since
2008, I have always felt it was an important
part of the menu. As the category
grew we grew with it.

Q: How should a Rosé look and taste?
Rosé wines come in so many colors, from a pale, very faint
pink, salmon, to a deep, almost strawberry, color. Flavors go
from very light citrus fruits and melon to bright cherry, strawberry and more! Rosé wines cover the spectrum from flavor,
of really bright acid to some Italian Rosé, which tend to have
deep color and rounder flavor profiles. Those who like more
citrus/crisp-forward will love Rosés from Provence.
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