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The 9 ultimate tips for rosé

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1. How do rosé wines differ from red or white wines?

First and foremost, of course, by the color, but there are also differences in the wine production. Simplified, a rosé is produced like a white wine, but with dark grape varieties. The longer the must sits on the grape skins, the more color and additional flavors it releases. The wines are then fermented at cooler temperatures (at around 10-15 degrees Celsius), similar to white wine production.

2. What does the color say about the wine style?

Brief contact with the grape skins yields pale, onion-colored wines. If the maceration is longer, the color can vary from a delicate salmon pink to pink. The color of the wine also depends on the grape varieties used. Thick-skinned grapes (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan or Sangiovese) usually produce darker drops than thin-skinned ones (Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache). The more intense the color of a rosé wine, the fuller-bodied and full-bodied the wines are.

3. Which grape varieties are used?

Theoretically, a rosé can be obtained from any dark grape variety. Southern French rosés are usually made from the Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre or Cinsault varieties, whereas in Italy a “Rosato” is made from Sangiovese, Nebbiolo or even Nero d’Avola grapes, depending on the wine-growing region. In Switzerland, the grape variety Pinot Noir (Blauburgunder) dominates in rosé production. But more about Switzerland later.

4. What is the ideal drinking temperature?

A rosé is best drunk slightly chilled (10-12 degrees Celsius), because lower temperatures emphasize the fresh character of the wines and make them appear lighter. Because some specimens are aged with a little residual sugar, this light sweetness is less annoying when chilled.

5. With which dishes can a rosé be combined?

One of the big plus points of rosé wines is the unprecedented combination options with a wide variety of dishes. Rosés are perfect for a summer barbecue, because the wines can be easily combined with poultry, seafood, pork or sausages. They also cut a fine figure with grilled vegetables or fresh salads. You can also serve slightly sweet specimens with Asian cuisine, even when it comes to spicy dishes.

6. Are there any quality features that need to be considered?

As with all red, white and sparkling wines, there are of course significant differences in rosés, both in terms of price and quality. If you choose a sample from a typical growing region, the label will provide information about the quality of the drop, regardless of its price. If either the letters “AOC” or “AOP” can be read in Switzerland or France, or “DOC” in Italy or Spain, this means that the wines are of protected origin and are state-tested.

7. How long can I store rosés?

For the vast majority of rosé wines, the drops are intended for immediate consumption. The cheaper versions in particular are often closed with lower-quality corks that are not intended for long-term storage. In the high price segment, however, there are wines that can be stored for five years or longer. However, rosés hardly gain in complexity with age.

8. Where are the best rosé wines produced?

In the southern French wine-growing region of Provence, the very best locations are not reserved for white or red wines, but for rosés. The most elegant and filigree specimens therefore also come from this area and can easily reach a price of 100 francs – mind you for a bottle. It is not for nothing that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also invested in the Miraval wine region of Provence, where they once married. After the divorce, Jolie has now left Miraval. More about this wine in the video and below in the text.

9. Does Switzerland do rosé?

High-quality rosés are also pressed in Switzerland. In Valais and Neuchâtel they are called «Œil de Perdrix», in English «partridge eye». This designation is origin-protected, so it may not be used anywhere else in the world. The main grape variety is the Pinot Noir grape.

Discover in the video what you should look out for when buying a rosé wine and how Switzerland compares to Provence. In Coop’s wide range of wines you will find a large selection of rosés, but of course also the corresponding red, white and sparkling wines for barbecue fun.

Let yourself be inspired!

To make it easier for you to choose when shopping, we have tasted numerous rosés and can recommend the following wines.

6 selected rosés for summer days

The glamorous one
Rosé Cotes de Provence Miravalfor CHF 18.50 instead of CHF 24.95

The French already catches the eye with its pale salmon pink color. The nose is reminiscent of apricots, some red berries and, above all, exotic fruits such as pineapple or mango. On the palate with a delicate acidity, a citric, rather long finish and a slight saltiness. Of course suitable for an aperitif, simply nice and ice-cold. When having barbecue fun, it can be enjoyed with a salad with tuna or chicken strips that are not too heavily seasoned.

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The uncomplicated
Val d’Azur Rosé Mediterranean IGPfor CHF 4.50 instead of CHF 6.50

A simple and tasty rosé that knows how to impress with an unbelievable price-benefit ratio. In the nose scented with white flowers and raspberries. Surprisingly crisp acidity on the palate and a medium-length, slightly sparkling finish. This wine can be excellently combined with the Bratwurst, which is otherwise difficult to pair.

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The Crunchy
Bordeaux AOC Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Roséfor CHF 7.95 instead of CHF 11.95

Although Bordeaux does not primarily stand for rosés, but for red, complex white and divine sweet wines that can be stored, this drop is convincing all along the line. On the nose, nuances of wild strawberries and grapefruit are combined with aromas of fresh grass. On the palate, the wine convinces with a perfect balance between acidity and fruity sweetness and finishes with a long finish. This pure Cabernet Franc goes wonderfully with white meat or with an aperitif.

The seductive
Chablais AOC Murailles Roséfor 16.85 instead of 21.50 francs

The “Lizard Liwine” presents itself seductively. Slightly fruitier on the nose, more on the red berry side. Delicate aromas of nectarines and some peach, but also floral components are also evident on the palate. The pleasant, slightly sweeter finish shows that this drop can also be served with Asian dishes. But of course it also goes well with an aperitif or with white fish.

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The Trendy
Vin de Pays du Var IGP The Pale Sacha Lichinefor CHF 10.95 instead of CHF 14.95

The drop is a homage to the Côte d’Azur and symbolizes the change in image of rosé wines. Not only the trendy label, but also its fresh and elegant style stands for youthfulness and glamour. Fruity notes of stone fruit and watermelon dominate the nose. The drop is beautifully balanced on the palate and convinces with a long and exotic finish. Best enjoyed ice-cold and without food companions.

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The lithe one
Lavaux AOC Coup de L’Etrier Testuzfor CHF 12.95 instead of CHF 17.95

I was really pleasantly surprised by this Swiss cuvée made from Pinot Noir and Gamay. Bewitching on the nose with a complex bouquet of dried flowers and exotic fruit aromas. Good acidity on the palate, remarkable elegance and a long-lasting finish. This wine is best served with a grilled fish skewer or a pork chop.

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The article comes from Tobias Gysi, wine academic and Swiss wine sommelier.

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